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Cheap and Easy Way to Beat the Mosquitos

July 22, 2013
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Drawing by Tim Bower for The New York Times

It turns out mosquitos do not fly into the wind very well. How do you create wind? You use a good old-fashioned electric fan.

An observer at a backyard barbeque was in the middle of a mosquito-infested yard. He noted that a small fan on a low table drove the mosquitos away. One of the reasons is that mosquitos are weak fliers. A big fan is a low-tech solution.

Another reason fans work is that they blow away the smell of humans.

Female mosquitos do all the biting. They use your blood for egg making. Humans exhale carbon dioxide gas, which attracts the females. When a mosquito senses the gas, she flies in a zigzag path to the source.

Scientists say a fan-generated wind is a practical way to protect people and pets.

eHow.com advises, “Sit near an electric fan while you are outside. An oscillating fan works best, but a regular  fan will do. Mosquitoes are not strong enough to fly through the wind.”

There are many costly mosquito repellant sprays and devices on the market. Save your money. A good fan will do the job.

Source: The New York Times

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