Best Mosquito Repellent: Top 5 Products Most Recommended By Experts
Nothing ruins a perfect day outdoors faster than a swarm of blood-sucking mosquitoes. Those pesky little buggers love feasting on humans, leaving behind those signature itchy welts on our skin. It’s important to protect yourself from the diseases that mosquitos can spread and the uncomfortable itch they leave behind. That means making sure to have one of the best mosquito repellent products handy.
A new species of these biting bugs has recently been found. In fact, researchers in Florida have discovered a new invasive mosquito species. The scientific name? Culex lactator. It was first discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2018, by the University of Florida while hunting down other invasive mosquitoes. In 2022, they were discovered in Collier and Lee counties, too. There are at least 90 mosquito species living in the sunshine state, as mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid climates.
Mosquitoes are also evolving to the point that they can even smell human prey. Researchers note that receptors in mosquitoes’ antennae can detect scents on humans. However, even when scientists remove those antennae, they can still find us! The study’s findings are from Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The neurons used to find humans are stimulated not just by the human smell, but by another chemical in mosquitoes called amines. Having more than one stimulant means that if one is destroyed the other can kick in to help find their target.
Ready to stop these nuisance insects in their tracks? With so many choices, we’ve zeroed in on the top products for you. That way you can enjoy some nature and backyard fun, mosquito-free. Here’s our list of the five best mosquito repellents, from ten expert websites, to find the most effective ways to keep them away. As always, we’d like to see your own recommendations in the comments below!
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