If you believe that those popular over-the-counter mosquito repellents are the best solution against the bites of the annoying insects, we regret to inform you that they’re full of toxins which can damage your health when absorbed through the skin. Although there’s no scientific explanation on why mosquitoes seem to favor some people, certain odors are believed to be the culprit.

People with a bigger amount of steroids or cholesterol in their skin, as well as people who produce a big amount of uric acid are more prone to mosquito bites whose sense of smell is stimulated by the substances. Furthermore, some experts believe that people who give off large amounts of carbon dioxide attract mosquitoes as well. Pregnant and overweight people are mosquito magnets as well.

Besides the annoying itching and redness, mosquito bites can also cause:

Yellow Fever (causes chills, jaundice and vomiting)

Chikungunya (causes rashes, joint pain and nausea)

Snowshoe Hare Virus (causes vomiting, rashes and dizziness)

La Crosse Encephalitis (leads to nausea and fever)

Malaria (causes vomiting, fever and chills)

Zika(related to birth defects)

Jamestown Canyon Virus (causes flu-like symptoms)

Dengue (may cause hemorrhagic fever)

West Nile (causes rashes, fever, joint pain and vomiting)

Rift Valley Fever (causes eye damage, dizziness and weakness)

There are 175 types of mosquitoes in the USA alone, which is why everyone needs to learn how to protect themselves from the insects.

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is a water-soluble vitamin vital for your overall health. It strengthens your immune system, reduces stress and repels mosquitoes. Vitamin B1 is present in kale, eggplant, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach, onions, green beans, cabbage and summer squash. When it enters your body, thiamine releases a “yeasty” smell which the mosquitoes hate, effectively making them avoid you. Thankfully, the same smell is not recognizable by humans.

A homemade natural bug spray can also help you repel mosquitoes. We found the following mixture of apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley most useful:

Put a handful of fresh parsley leaves in a mortar, and pour 4 oz. of ACV over them, then mash the leaves with a pestle and leave the mixture to infuse for a couple of hours. Afterwards, strain it and pour it into a spray bottle. If you want to freshen up the smell, add your favorite essential oil.

This amazing repellent spray is safe to use and has no side-effects. Watch the video below for detailed instructions: