Not exactly. But there are some foods for thought to keep the bugs away
Americans have a food obsession. There are wars between baked goods, cooking celebrities competing against celebrity cooks, and Facebook newsfeeds filled with shared recipes and shared photos of meals. We are what we eat, see, and click.
While many will soon be cooking and dining outside, it’s only natural to wonder if there are foods that can keep mosquitos away or, at the very least, at bay. According to home remedy experts, there are some foods that are bug-repelling or, at the very least, itch-easing. Let’s take a look:
1. Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, and chives
These five are lumped together because they all emit allicin, a gas that bugs detest. Once ingested, the human body emits allicin’s odor through the skin, creating a sort of smelly shield.
The problem is that allicin breaks down during cooking, so these flavor-enhancing ingredients should be eaten raw or rubbed on your skin. That would only keep bugs – and everyone – away for about 30 minutes.
2. Tomatoes, beans, and lentils
The secret component of these three is thiamine, also known as vitamin B-1, which has a yeast-like smell that bugs avoid. In addition, it’s believed that rubbing tomato juice on a bug bite can reduce pain and itching.
Researchers, though, have said they have found little evidence that vitamin B supplements have any effect on mosquitos and other biting bugs.
3. Orange and lemon peels
In addition to sunshine, Florida has plenty of nootkatone-rich oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. After peeling your citrus, you can eat the juicy flesh and rub the fresh peels over your skin to try and keep bugs away. Although the jury’s still out and the results are modest, at best, you’ll smell infinitely better than when you tried the same technique with garlic and onions.
Finding relief after the bite
Mosquitos have to eat, too. If they’ve selected you for a blood-feast, here are some food remedies claimed to help bring relief:
- Milk proteins are both anti-itch and anti-inflammatory.
- Lemon juice stops the itch and it’s anti-microbial, so it could help to clean the wound.
- Some folks crush peppermint or basil leaves and press over a fresh bite for relief.
That said, modern medical science is typically the way to go. Topical antihistamines and steroid creams (after consultation with a physician) are usually what gets at the itch, which is caused by your body’s inflammatory and histamine reaction to the bite.
The real remedy for your South Florida yard
When it comes to culinary solutions to mosquitoes, there’s an awful lot to digest. And frankly, the remedies are not particularly effective. Platinum Mosquito Protection knows all too well the lengths that many people will go to in order to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their animals from a mosquito onslaught.
Our automatic misting system is a solution specifically designed for residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. Using a programmed timer, the system is infinitely easier and more convenient to use than rubbing raw garlic over your body.
For a free, on-site consultation, contact Platinum Mosquito Protection today.