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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 15B Mosquitoes can be avoided, repelled naturally Q: Chuck, I can't believe that R's August and the nation is still swarming with mosquitoes. Any natural ways to repel those pesky pokers? --Barbara A. Colorado A: Mosquitoes continue to be a very big health issue across the country. Here is one more small sampling from recent news: --"Officials find West Nile in Milwaukee mosquitoes." --"Fort Collins (Colorado) to spray for mosquitoes." --"Aerial spraying planned for Oswego County (New York)• after mosquitoes test positive for... West Nile Virus." --"Plano (Texas) finds a second mosquito that tested positive for West Nile;" With continued heavy downpours and hot weather across the country, experts are saying these trends may continue into the fall. In Part 1, I discussed some grounds for justifying the use of repellent (on clothing) with no more than 50 percent DEET for adults and less than 10 percent for children -- mostly because mosquitoes can carry diseases such as the West Nile virus and more of them are being found across the U.S. Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS University, recently wrote this in his Scientific American article about the global threat of mosquitoes: "Mosquitoes are one of the most deadly groups of organisms on Earth, more deadly than tigers, snakes or even other humans. Mosquitoes kill by proxy. They transmit pathogens such as dengue, yellow fever and, that real devil among demons, big daddy malaria." (As many as 500 million cases of malaria are contracted globally each year.) Enough bad news. Before I discuss some natural ways to ward off mosquitoes, let me talk about why some people attract mosquitoes more than others. A few weeks ago, Lisa Collier Cool at Yahoo Health highlighted the reasons some people are mosquito magnets: --According to a Japanese study, mosquitoes are roughly twice as likely to be attracted to people with Type O blood as they are to those with Type A. --According to a study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, drinking even a single beercan increase your mosquito magnetism. --Mosquitoes have a foot fetish, especially for dirty ones. One test had 75 percent flocking toward unwashed feet. The Smithsonian magazine hypothesized that mosquitoes are especially prone to biting our ankles and feet because "they naturally have more robust bacteria colonies." --According to a study conducted in Gambia, pregnant women are twice as likely to be bitten by mosquitoes as men are. Researchers speculate the reason is that pregnant women increase their breathing by 21 percent. In doing so, they exhale more carbon dioxide -- an attractant to mosquitoes. (They can detect carbon dioxide from 164 feet away.) --Similarly, those who run or exercise are greater attractants to mosquitoes because their increased sweat, lactic acid and breathing are a lure to the flying bloodsuckers. --According to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquitoes are 500 times more active when the moon is full, peaking at dusk and dawn. --Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing. The darker the more alluring. Researchers categorized clothing colors' appeal to mosquitoes in this way: "black (most attractive); red (very attractive); grey and blue (neutral); khaki, green, light khaki, and yellow (less attractive)." Dark colors might look classy on the. town, but they are also tempting to female mosquitoes. (Males don't bite.) University of Florida entomology professor Phil Koehler concludes: "Both your metabolism and your unique body chemistry -- which is as distinctive as a fingerprint -- play an important role in determining whether or not you're a mosquito magnet. Also, there's evidence that your degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes can change over time." So here's what you can do naturally to ward off those vampire insects at any point in your life, and it starts with minimizing the attractants mentioned above when you can: --Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. --Wear socks and shoes at night to cover your feet. --Avoid beer consumption, especially at night outdoors. --Avoid outdoor activity at night that would increase your breathing or sweating. --If you see a full moon, consider enjoying an alternative indoor activity. In addition to those anti-mosquito ineasures, you might try adding these novel repellents to your yard or porch, according to Fox News Magazine: herbs such as basil, lemongrass and rosemary; marigolds; tea tree oil; catnip; garlic; bats; and frogs. Though not a super-powerful detractor, eating garlic, according to Colorado State University researchers, also might help keep mosquitoes off your skin. Of course, the downside is that it might ward off females of another species, too! Write to Chuck Norris ( with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2013 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn Group meeting date changed The Plumas County Republican Women Federated will meet Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Luckey home in Graeagle at 858 Smith Creek Road. The business meeting will commence at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will then be served, followed by speaker Ms. Susan Tully. Tully is the national field director for FAIR -- Federation for American Immigration Reform. 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