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Fast Facts: Mosquitos

Why do pregnant women become bug buffet? What natural ingredients must be avoided by babies? And other trivia about the bug we love to hate.

Blood type O is more attractive than Blood type A for mosquitos

In a study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2004, mosquitoes landed on those with type O blood 83% of the time, vs type A blood 46.5 percent of the time.

Mosquitos like CO2 and body heat.

Pregnant women and beer drinkers, who exhale higher levels of C02 and have higher body heat, get bitten more.

Avoid repellents with Peppermint when breastfeeding.

Peppermint may dry out milk supply.

Avoid eucalyptus, peppermint, clove, and cinnamon essential oils on babies and kids

For delicate bodies 8 years old and below, there are gentler yet effective plant based solutions, such as lavender, neem, and lemongrass.

Exercising makes you sweeter for mosquitoes

Ammonia and lactic acid found in sweat and higher metabolism are a few of a mosquito’s favorite things. Thus, running outdoors in the summer is just another way of saying, “Bite me!”

Scratching makes itchy bites worse.

Scratching makes your body release histamine that makes you itch worse. Taking medicine (anti-histamine) won’t help much unless you stop scratching.

Itch okay! Bebebugs

Help break the itch-scratch cycle naturally with plant-based skin soothers such as Bebebalm Bebebugs Natural Skin Soother. It’s a lightweight moisturizer that helps calm discomforts due to itch. It is made from lavender, neem, lemongrass, tea tree oil, and chamomile that bugs hate to bite. But delicate skin loves to love. ‘Coz it’s so nourishing!

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