A Simple Fan is Your Best Mosquito Repellent

If mosquitoes are eating you alive as you spend time outside, you've probably been tempted to try every spray and candle that your local pharmacy store has to offer. But your best defense against those gnarly little buggers might be a simple appliance you already own: A fan.

If you're sick of buying candles or you can't stand the smell of bug spray anymore, try this on at your next garden party:

The New York Times reports that studies show that the breeze from a fan is an effective method to repel mosquitoes and other flying buggers—and not just for the obvious reason.

Sure, the weak gusts of air from a fan are enough to keep mosquitoes from circling and landing on you. But when a fan cools you off, you give off less body heat and you'll sweat less—two things that are likely to attract mosquitoes.

But a fan also helps eliminate another big bug attraction: Carbon Dioxide. By blowing away what you breathe out, a fan is directing CO2-attracted mosquitoes far away from your backyard get-together.

Via New York Times

(Image: Cool Mist Fan from Hammacher Schlemmer)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.