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We all love the summer heat but could definitely live without mosquitos! Mosquito activity peaks in the summer, so it’s a good time to review the best ways to prevent getting bitten!

Whether you’re travelling to Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, or planning on spending time on the coast, here are the best ways to protect yourself and your home from mosquitos.

1. Remove any standing water near your home. Mosquitos can breed in just 14 days in a minute amount of water in a plant pot, a rain gutter or bird bath.

2. Keep mosquitos outside. Use screens on the windows or air conditioning to keep mosquitos from slipping in a window. Hang a mosquito net over your bed or childs crib.

3. Use mosquito repellent. The most effective chemical repellents contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 inscectide.

4. Wear light coloured clothing, especially outdoors.

5. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn. While mosquitos can bite at any time of day, it’s wise to limit your exposure during their prime feeding times.

6. Make yourself less appealing. Scientists are still studying why some people get more mosquito bites than others. However, it's said that avoiding beer, eating more garlic and showering when you're sweaty can help! Also, using a fan can make it more difficult for the little blighters to land on your skin.

7. Try a natural repellent containing a combination of lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, citronella, tea tree oil, geraniol, soy bean oil, thyme oil or cinnamon oil.

Finally, ways to relieve mosquito bites!

1. Flint + Flint Glycolic Cleanser will relieve the itchiness, just dab a little directly to a fresh bite (not broken skin). Apply SPF once dry.

2. Commercial after bite remedies are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

3. A cold compress. Ice wrapped in a washcloth can reduce inflammation. The cold also numbs the skin, which can give you immediate but short-term relief.

4. Honey has many antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A small drop on a bite can reduce inflammation and itching.

5. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Applying witch hazel to the skin reduces inflammation, soothes the burning and irritation the bite causes, and can speed up healing.

Enjoy the summer and stay safe x

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