Boost Mos­quito Pro­tec­tion

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE - — Heidi Melocco

To help keep mos­qui­toes at bay, wear long sleeves, ap­ply an EPA-reg­is­tered re­pel­lent, and avoid rid­ing at dusk. Also con­sider these lesser-known bug ban­ish­ers:

• Splash rub­bing al­co­hol on your skin, and al­low it to dry

be­fore dress­ing.

• Dab laven­der oil on your wrists and el­bows.

• Ap­ply a 50:50 so­lu­tion of pure vanilla ex­tract and wa­ter to

ex­posed skin.

• The Bomb­shell brand of per­fume from Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret is re­ported by the Jour­nal of In­sect Sci­ence to help de­ter mos­qui­toes. The same re­port sug­gests that Cut­ter, with its lemon-eu­ca­lyp­tus scent, was the best of the DEET-free op­tions tested.

HEIDI MELOCCO PHOTO

Boost your mos­quito pro­tec­tion with lesser-known bug ban­ish­ers, such as laven­der oil.

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