While we don’t use bug repellents that contain DEET anymore (because of both the health and environmental effects), we do remember the days of blissful DEET-ignorance. We didn’t have bug bites on every limb, and we could spend a summer evening lounging on our porches without swatting and scratching every two seconds.
But those days are over, so we might as well make the best of it. We were thrilled to hear that something we do in the summer anyway could actually keep bugs away. According to Lifehacker, using a fan (both indoors and outdoors) disperses the carbon dioxide you emit. Carbon dioxide is one of the major chemicals that attracts mosquitos. Also, if you’re keeping cool with a fan, you’ll be less sweaty and hot, two mosquitos magnets.
While we know running a fan is probably not the most eco-friendly thing ever, we also know that we’re probably all doing it for the sake of staying cool. We’ll just remember to unplug when we leave the room. Though, we are considering how dorky we would look in a solar-powered fan hat.