“With over 2,500 species, mosquitoes are present on the entire planet,” states the magazine México Desconocido. While both males and females feed on nectar, only the females bite. As a result, they transmit malaria, dengue, and West Nile virus to humans. How can you protect yourself from mosquitoes? The report suggests the following:
(1) Avoid going outside at dusk and at night, when mosquitoes are most active.
(2) Use mosquito netting, preferably impregnated with repellent.
(3) Wear loose clothing with long sleeves and pants and, if necessary, a hat with netting to cover the entire head.
(4) Apply repellent to exposed areas of skin.
(5) Take 300 milligrams of vitamin B1 daily. This makes the perspiration of some people obnoxious to mosquitoes.
(6) In swampy areas, spread mud over your skin as an emergency shield. If you are bitten, avoid scratching because bleeding can lead to infection. Apply a calamine lotion instead.