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How to fend off hungry mosquitoes

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Most people know that the best protection against mosquitoes is a bug spray with deet in it, but that DEET is so powerful that it should not be used on babies younger than two months old.  For everybody else, there is a skin patch that works as an insect repellant.  It contains vitamin B1 and apparently, mosquitoes don't like the fragrance that releases.

"There's some new research out about vitamin B1 and there's a suggestion that you can take it orally, it emits kind of this funky fragrance," said Joni Wells, R.N., M.S.N., with the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  "There is a patch that is a transdermal patch that I've used for the last couple of summers."

It's called the "Don't Bite Me" skin patch and for most people, it protects against bites from mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, chiggers, and sand fleas for up to 36 hours.  CVS and Walgreens both sell it, but some locations are already sold out. You can also Google "Don't Bite Me" to buy it online.

"You put it on your skin underneath your clothes and it emits it really is kind of a weird smell but it's B1 and the mosquitoes really don't like it," said Wells.

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