mosquitoes

Binoy A. Mathew mathew.2 at osu.edu
Fri Aug 19 01:56:39 EST 1994


>In article <shelvey.12.000A98C6 at uk.co.pcr.snd01>
>shelvey at uk.co.pcr.snd01 (Rob Shelvey) wrote:
 
>Does anybody out there know why some people get bitten by mosquitoes 
>alot more than other people.  I got bitten over 50 times in one night yet 
>my  girlfriend didn't get bitten once.  Is there some natural repellents 
>the body gives off ?
>What are the best repllents to use against these pests?  Any info greatly
>appreciated.


>>KWBLAN00 at ukcc.uky.edu wrote:
 
>>You are not the first to observe this.  There is presently research
>>being performed to attempt to identify what component of the human
>>sweat or odor is the atractant or repellent.  I have not read anything that
>>indicates exactly what the componets are associated with.  All I can sugest
>>is to use a repellent with upto 30% DEET.  It is the bestking repellent
>>known.

Human "sweat or odor" may repel mosquitoes, just as it does humans!  Very
interesting.  However, the reason for the disparity in the number of bites
between you and your girlfriend MIGHT be attributable to something a lot
less esoteric than all that, namely, the sorts of cosmetics she uses.  For
instance, it is known that a widely-used moisturizer called "Skin So Soft"
(or something such - I believe that it is an Avon product) has insect
repellant properties, and the manufacturer has petitioned the FDA for
permission to advertise it as such.

Just something else to consider.

Oh, and by the way, I neither use, nor advocate the use of Avon products.

-Binoy A. Mathew
 
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