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Use a Fan To Repel Mosquitoes . . . Really!

By July 14, 2010

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I'm a big fan of fans. I've got ceiling fans in most rooms in my house, and several nice floor fans that get a lot of use, especially this time of year.

Like most of us, I like fans because they cool me off. Turns out, though, that there might be another, and nearly as significant, benefit to running a fan. According to an article in the New York Times, running a fan will also keep mosquitoes away. Yes, the breeze chases them off, but there seems to be more at work here.

Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, and a fan blows it away before the buzzards catch the clue. And by cooling the skin, a fan reduces the sweat, lactic acid and body heat that appeals to mosquitoes.Who knew?

I have big problems with mosquitoes when I'm working in my garage. Bad enough that I often spray on some DEET. But I'm going to start surrounding myself with fans in the garage. Stay cooler and reduce mosquito bites? Win-win, I say.

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