Mosquito Hack: Wear Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Perfume

A study in the Journal of Insect Science found mosquitos hate the scent!

If you really want to fly under the mosquito radar these are the top things you didn’t know you needed to know about what you wear, drink, and a perfume that also serves as a repellant.

Leggings.  They bite through it.  Instead wear loose-fitting clothing.  It makes it harder for mosquitoes to locate exposed skin and will keep your legs cooler (they are attracted to the heat too).

Mosquitos like beer too.  Researchers found that drinking just one beer increases mosquito attraction. #1. co2 bubbles from the beer when it’s opened and that attracts them. #2. The ethanol in beer is also a trigger.  #3 Your body temperature rises when drinking alcohol, which makes for an aroma they love.

Wear this perfume.  Speaking of scents, there is a popular perfume by Victoria’s Secret called Bombshell that apparently works as a repellent.  It may smell nice to us but not to the mosquitos.  What is it about this scent?  A study published in the Journal of Insect Science is not sure why due to  cosmetics containing so many proprietary ingredients, making it difficult to know what the active agent is.

Clean up the backyard.  Don’t overlook the small things like bottle caps left in the yard.  They can lay eggs in any standing water.  The EPA advises to cover or throw out items that hold water like caps, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers.   The pest control company Orkin warns that water is also a food source while mosquitoes are in their aquatic stages.