Mosquito Mythbusting: Will the Real Repellents Please Stand Up?

Alcohol: Believe it or not, there might actually be some truth to the claim that alcohol affects your attractiveness to bugs. Paskewitz said a couple of studies have shown that drinking beer could make a person more attractive to mosquitoes.

"There's possibly something different about the way they smell to a mosquito" or a change in temperature, she said.

Conlon said alcohol could play a role because people who sweat a lot tend to attract mosquitoes and drinking could make someone flush and their skin become a little warmer.

Mosquito-Fighting Tips From the Experts

If you really want to protect yourself from mosquito bites, Conlon suggested following the three "D's": Drain, dress properly and defend.

First off, he said, "Drain any standing water around the house."

Mosquitoes will breed in whatever is accessible to them, so he said to empty flower pots and air conditioner unit drain pans and even make sure water isn't trapped in the folds of tarps covering woodpiles or backyard equipment.

It takes mosquitoes from five to 14 days to grow from egg to adult, so he suggested draining every five days.

He also said it's important to dress properly.

Expert: Drain, Dress Properly and Defend

"Mosquitoes can and will bite through tight-fitting clothing," he said, so loose-fitting clothing of a light color is preferable. He also said to wear long sleeves and pants if you're in an a particularly mosquito-infested place.

Finally, he said that people should defend using a known mosquito repellent.

The "gold standard," he said is DEET, which should be applied directly to the skin, while keeping it away from eyes, ears and mouth.

"Any place on your body that's exposed is fair game," he said. So "you've got to be thorough."

Picaridin is another effective DEET alternative and is popular because it's lighter and barely smells, he said.

"Outside of the U.S., it's the largest selling repellent in the world," he said.

And for those who want a natural repellent, he suggested oil of lemon eucalyptus, which has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

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