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Chuck Norris naturally repels mosquitoes

Chuck, I can’t believe that it’s August and the nation is still swarming with mosquitoes. Any natural ways to repel those pesky pokers? – Barbara A., Colorado

Mosquitoes continue to be a very big health issue across the country.

Here is one more small sampling from last week’s news:

With continued heavy downpours and hot weather across the country, experts are saying these trends may continue into the fall.

In Part 1, I discussed some grounds for justifying the use of repellent (on clothing) with no more than 50 percent DEET for adults and less than 10 percent for children – mostly because mosquitoes can carry diseases such as the West Nile virus and more of them are being found across the U.S.

Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, recently wrote this in his Scientific American article about the global threat of mosquitoes: “Mosquitoes are one of the most deadly groups of organisms on Earth, more deadly than tigers, snakes or even other humans. Mosquitoes kill by proxy. They transmit pathogens such as dengue, yellow fever and, that real devil among demons, big daddy malaria.” (As many as 500 million cases of malaria are contracted globally each year.)

Enough bad news.

Before I discuss some natural ways to ward off mosquitoes, let me talk about why some people attract mosquitoes more than others.

A few weeks ago, Lisa Collier Cool at Yahoo Health highlighted the reasons some people are mosquito magnets:

University of Florida entomology professor Phil Koehler concludes: “Both your metabolism and your unique body chemistry – which is as distinctive as a fingerprint – play an important role in determining whether or not you’re a mosquito magnet. Also, there’s evidence that your degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes can change over time.”

So here’s what you can do naturally to ward off those vampire insects at any point in your life, and it starts with minimizing the attractants mentioned above when you can:

In addition to those anti-mosquito measures, you might try adding these novel repellents to your yard or porch, according to Fox News Magazine: herbs such as basil, lemon grass and rosemary; marigolds; tea tree oil; catnip; garlic; bats; and frogs.

Though not a super-powerful detractor, eating garlic, according to Colorado State University researchers, also might help keep mosquitoes off your skin. Of course, the downside is that it might ward off females of another species, too!

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