A not-so-fun fact about mosquitos; they’reattracted to sweat. When you sweat, your body releases odors that mosquitos find appetizing. This will draw them to you, making you more susceptible to nasty welts and potential diseases.
With summer workouts, yard work, and campouts so prevalent during this time of year, choosing not to sweat isn’t really an option. Instead, look for ways to beat the heat so you can make yourself a little less appealing to those pesky mosquitos:
Staying hydrated is the single most important thing you can do this summer. Dehydration and overheating can be dangerous for your health, especially for young kids. Drinking plenty of water will also keep your body cool, reducing its need to sweat as a temperature regulator.
When attempting to stay hydrated, stick with water as much as possible. Caffeine and alcohol raise your body temperature instead of lowering it, which ends up being counterproductive. Any drink with a lot of sugar in it can also dehydrate you, even if you feel better in the moment.
Not everyone thinks about using antiperspirant before working out since they know working up a sweat is inevitable and plan on showering immediately after. However, applying some antiperspirant before an outdoor workout is something to consider if mosquitos are a prevalent problem.
For those who struggle with excessive sweating even after completing a workout, there are medical grades of antiperspirant that should keep you nice and dry. Additionally, a cold shower after a workout will cool your body temperature better than the warm showers you might enjoy otherwise.
Putting water into your body is the most important thing you can do, but putting water on your body can be just as helpful when trying to stay cool in the summer. Water will cool down your body almost instantly, which is why you rarely find yourself sweating while swimming in the pool.
If you don’t have time for play, there are some more creative ways to keep cool using H20. A mister fan will give you a cool breeze and some light water to cool you off while gardening or doing yard work. A wet towel wrapped around your neck is a great way to keep your body temperature low while on a run or doing some outdoor yoga.
Got a yard project you really need to tackle? Organize your time in a way that allows you to complete it in the early morning. Before the sun has fully risen, temperatures will be much more manageable and you’re likely to sweat less.
The same can be done for your exercise routine. Working out as early as possible allows you to get some exercise in without drowning yourself in sweat. Evening workouts can have the same effect, as long as a late workout won’t prevent you from falling asleep.
Stopping yourself from sweating quite frankly won’t be enough to keep mosquitos away. It will certainly help, but adding some home pest control to the mix will give you the best results.
PF Harris’ Mosquito Fogger provides eight hours of lasting pest control for keeping mosquitos away and even killing them. With this protection coupled with reduced sweat, you’ll notice a lot fewer mosquito bites for the rest of the summer.
You can’t expect to stop sweating entirely, but you can try and control your body in a way that makes you seem less enticing to biting insects. Plus, staying well hydrated is a worthwhile effort on its own.