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June 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

I received my first mosquito bite of the season. It's been itching the last few hours, so I put a bit of calamine lotion on it. The itch stopped, but one of my friends told me that it's just a myth; evidence suggests that calamine lotion doesn't stop the mosquito bite itch. Evidence? I bet. Here are some other mosquito myths up for consideration.

Listerine and lemon dish soap repel mosquitoes

False. Growing up, our neighbour swore by Listerine and lemon dish soap. Personally, I had never seen a difference in the number of mosquitoes in her yard compared to ours. Turns out I was right; it doesn't work. DEET is the best repellent on the market when used according to the instructions. DEET doesn't kill mosquitoes, but it blocks their antennae receptors so that they can't home in on you.

Consuming large amounts of garlic will repel mosquitoes.

False. Garlic might repel blood-sucking vampires, but not blood-sucking mosquitoes. Same goes for bananas and vitamin B. You may find that eating particular combinations of foods reduces the number of mosquito bites you get on one particular day, but doesn't have the same effect the next. Mosquitoes are attracted by complex chemical, visual, and heat signals, so diet could have some effect on the chemical signals, but there is no consistency that would support a food strategy to repel mosquitoes.

Only female mosquitoes bite.

True. Male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar, but the female mosquito requires the proteins in blood to lay eggs. The female may lay eggs multiple times and requires a dose of blood for each egg-laying session.

Mosquitoes are repelled by devices that emit sound.

False. To date, there is no evidence to suggest that mosquitoes will stay away from you because of high-frequency sound waves, despite what manufacturers of these devices might say. So save your money.

Making your yard a bat and bird sanctuary will keep mosquitoes away.

False. It's true that bats and some birds eat mosquitoes, but mosquitoes tend to make up only a tiny fraction of their diet - not enough to have any significant impact on mosquito-free quality of life.

Diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria, encephalitis, and dengue fever, can be spread by mosquitoes.

True. Mosquitoes that have been "infected" with some types of bacteria, parasites, and viruses can transmit them from one human being to another.

The HIV virus can be spread by mosquitoes.

False. Happily, the HIV virus cannot survive in a mosquito.

Those are a few facts and fiction about mosquitoes. But what about calamine lotion relieving the itch of a mosquito bite? Well, that's a fact. You bet it does.

Happy mosquito-bite-free hiking!

Dave is a Canadian boy who is passionate about hiking and scrambling in Canada. Check out his blog at http://www.HikingCanadaRocks.com

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