Here it is in the 90’s already in Central Florida and the mosquitoes are already getting out of control and summer has not begun yet. Since I do a lot of work outside my body is full of mosquito bites and open sores from scratching the bites in my sleep.
I just recently read some articles about taking vitamin B1 during mosquito season to ward off the female mosquito’s that are the biters in the mosquito family. Many of you readers I am sure are going to say that taking vitamin B1 is not going to work to keep mosquitoes away, that is fine but I don’t have anything to lose if it does not work for me.
I have been in the pest control industry for twenty plus years and I know that there are thousands different kind of chemicals on the market for this industry but if I can keep from having to spray chemicals like DEET or some other kind of synthetic man-made chemical that is not safe for the human body. With vitamin B1 at least you will not be applying unnatural chemicals to your body. If vitamin B1 does not keep mosquito’s away then your body will just excrete the vitamin when you go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of skin cancer in my family but fortunately for me I have not had any skin cancer show up on my body and I want to keep it that way, this is one the reason’s that I do not want put apply DEET to my body and would rather try something like vitamin B1.
What is in B1 that helps?
Thiamine is a vitamin, also called vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is found in many foods including yeast, cereal grains, beans, nuts, and meat. A study back in the 1960s indicated that taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective in discouraging mosquitoes from biting. However, studies since then have been inconclusive. The theory is, taking more vitamin B1 than your body requires causes the excess to be excreted through your urine, skin, and sweat. Vitamin B1 produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive.
I have read articles around the web that state ” The authors of a June 2005 review article published in the “Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association” reported that of the scientific studies performed testing B vitamins as repellents, none found them to have significant repellent ability against mosquitoes. In addition, the American Mosquito Control Association asserts that systemic vitamin repellents, in general, do not work. Vitamin B1 delivered as a skin patch has also been tested and did not repel mosquitoes, according an February 2013 study report published in “Acta Tropica.” .”
Then there are us common people that do not believe everything they read on the internet. I am going to play Ginny pig and try the vitamin B1 experiment and I will report back later on whether it worked for me or I wasted $3.59 on a bottle of vitamins.
I would love to hear from you if vitamin B1 has worked for you or not.