Mosquitoes: Preventing and Repelling

 

Very few creatures evoke the contempt that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and mere presence can ruin a backyard gathering or hike in the woods. This article will teach you how to beat mosquito season and have a bite-free summer.

mosquitoes

Remove standing water near your home, mosquitoes can breed in just a teaspoon of water so empty any standing water or use mosquito dunks to kill mosquito larvae safely in large puddles or ponds. You can also treat your yard with a variety of mosquito sprays and keep your grass cut short to lessen the likelihood that they’ll want to hang out in it.

repellent

The most common products used to keep mosquitoes away are repellents, the most effective ones contain Deet. The higher percentage of Deet, the better protected you are. Many people don’t want to use chemicals on themselves and turn to natural products.

Natural repellents are typically made with Lemon Eucalyptus oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Clove or Peppermint Oil. You can buy these in pre-made repellents or make your own repellent by combining essential oils with water or carrier oils, such as coconut or soybean oil which you can apply topically.

pest control

Wearing light-colored clothing can help lessen mosquito bites as mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors. Try wearing pants and long-sleeved loose-fitting clothing when mosquitos are active. Clothing and fabric treated with permethrin can also help repel mosquitoes.

Mosquito are most active early in the morning and in the evening when it starts to cool down, so try to avoid being outdoors during their active feeding time. If you must be out during these times take precautions by using repellents and long clothing.

insect bites

Invest in bats and birds. Putting bat and birdhouses on your property will help cut down on mosquitoes as they are a natural food source for them.

Using an oscillating fan can help as mosquitoes are not very good fliers and a fan can help keep them away. Citronella candles can also help keep mosquitoes away as long as the wind is blowing in your favor.

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to enjoy more time outdoors this summer.