Fighting mosquitoes naturally

July 10, 2009 3:10:55 PM PDT
You may have noticed more mosquitoes buzzing around lately and you can blame it on the rain which causes a boom in their population. The State Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Mosquito Control estimates that's the pest population in the suburbs of New Jersey increased by 50 percent compared to the Five year average. In New York, it increased by 150 percent.Repellants are the best way to ward off the bites, but some people don't like to use them because a majority of them contain chemicals.

But you can buy natural mosquito repellants at organic shops like Dr. B Well Naturally, an organic convenience shop in Plainview.

Nutritional consultant and pharmacist John Azzarelli says anyone with a chemical sensitivity to deet or other mainstream products should try taking B vitamins. While he says the primary use is for energy, the vitamin also gives off a smell through the pores that humans don't notice, but mosquitoes don't like.

"A B vitamin can definitely ward off insects," said John Azzarelli.

He adds a child can safely take 25 mg. and adults 100 mg. three times a day.

You can also make your own insect repellent. Just take a dab of rosemary and a dab of eucalyptus and it should work all day.

You can also buy a spray like "Tick Off". It's organic and contains the same combination.

"They're all plants, they're naturally occurring plants and you just use a little bit of it," said Mr. Azzarelli.

If you try these alternatives and still walk away with a bite he says rub in calendula which is a plant oil that can soothe the skin.

"This homeopathic remedy helps reduce inflammation and helps your body eliminate toxins quicker," said Mr. Azzarelli.


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