Believe it or not, there are a number of foods that can help protect you from mosquito bites or even relieve the itching that comes from a bug bite.
Rubbing a slice of onion over your skin can be a good way to keep away mosquitoes and other biting insects as most bugs are repelled by them.
Orange and lemon peels
Just as onions can repel mosquitoes, you can get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.
If you intend to embark on a trip to a place that is filled with bugs and insects, it is advised that you start eating garlic several days earlier. Eat a clove or two every day.
As you sweat out the garlic odour, it repels many insects and prevents mosquito bites.
If you feel your skin is burning up from too much sun exposure or if itchy mosquito bites are driving you crazy, try using a little milk paste for soothing relief.
Mix one part powdered milk with two parts water and add a pinch or two of salt. Dab it on the burn or bite. The enzymes in the milk powder will help to neutralize the venom of the insects and also help relieve sunburn pain.
To get instant relief from the itching of mosquito and chigger bites, soak the area in salt water, then apply a coating of vegetable oil.
The stagnant or still water around your house provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Floating a few tablespoons of vegetable oil on the surface of the water will help keep mosquitoes from using the water.
It is however, still important to change the water twice a week so any larvae don’t have time to hatch.
Apple cider vinegar
If you are visiting any mosquito infested area, plan ahead. Approximately three days before you leave, start taking 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar three times a day.
Continue using the vinegar throughout your time there and there is a high chance that when you return to your enclave, you may do so without a bite.
Alternatively, you can moisten a cloth or cotton ball with white vinegar and rub it over your exposed skin.