Mosquitos are a pesky problem to deal with in the warmer months. When a mosquito bites you, not only are you at risk for certain diseases, but you’re also stuck with a red, itchy bite that can bother you for days. For this reason, many people wonder how they can prevent mosquito bites to avoid these issues. We’ve compiled a list of the top ways you can keep mosquitos from biting you during the warmer months.
Wear Light Colored Clothing
Mosquitos are attracted to dark colors. For this reason, wearing light colored clothing is a good way to minimize mosquitos’ attraction to you. Light colored clothing can also make it easier to spot any mosquitos that land on you and shoe them away before they bite.
Cover Your Skin
Mosquitos typically bite exposed skin. For this reason, covering your skin can help you avoid mosquito bites. We’re not suggesting you wear heavy jackets and gloves in hot weather, but wearing long, lightweight layers can make a big difference in your likelihood of being bitten. To avoid mosquito bites, do your best to cover your skin.
Avoid Peak Mosquito Hours
Mosquitos can be found throughout the day, but the highest concentration of mosquito appears at dawn and dusk. In general, they thrive in cooler, darker environments with low winds. To avoid mosquito bites, it’s a good idea to avoid being outside during these peak mosquito hours. However, it’s not always possible to avoid being outside during these times, so be sure to practice other prevention techniques as well.
Make Yourself Less Attractive
There are certain things you can do to make yourself less attractive to mosquitos. Mosquitos are attracted to sweat, so do your best to shower or bathe after sweating, and avoid hanging around outside if you’re sweaty. Additionally, studies have shown that drinking a beer can make your blood more attractive to mosquitos, so choose a different beverage next time you’re spending time outside, especially during peak mosquito hours. Although mosquitos might still bite you, minimizing your attractiveness to mosquitos can minimize your risk for bites.
Use Mosquito Repellents
One of the most popular forms of mosquito bite prevention is the application of mosquito repellents. These repellents won’t eliminate mosquitos, but they will keep mosquitos away from you. Insect repellents typically come in sprays or creams and have chemicals such as picaridin and DEET that do a fairly good job of keeping mosquitos away. These repellents are cheap and relatively effective at keeping mosquitos away from you body, minimizing your likelihood of mosquito bites.
Try Natural Repellents
Some people are weary of applying certain chemicals to their bodies, so they would prefer a more natural option. Fortunately, there are natural mosquito repellents, free of chemicals. Citronella can be effective in repelling all sorts of pests and can be used as a spray or in candle form. Lemon eucalyptus oil and lavender can also help repel mosquitos. You can use these oils in candles or in essential oil diffusers. Although they are not 100% effective, these natural remedies can reduce the amount of mosquitos in an area, reducing your likelihood of mosquito bites.
Keep Mosquitos Outside
During the warmer months, mosquitos are always outside, but if you’re not careful, they can even end up in your home. Always use screens in your windows and screen doors to keep mosquitos out of your home. Air conditioners and fans can help too, as mosquitos will avoid any wind. When you’re camping, consider hanging a mosquito net over yourself when you sleep. Some mosquito nets are even treated with insecticides for maximum protection. To prevent mosquito bites when you’re inside or camping, do your best to keep them outside.
Eliminate Attractive Landscaping
There are a few different things in your yard that might attract mosquitos, making them more likely to be present and bite you and your family. Mosquitos are attracted to standing water, as they breed in it and like to spend time in it. For this reason, eliminate any standing water in your yard you can, such as pet bowls, watering cans, and buckets of water. If water tends to pool in your yard, try to divert the water. You should also keep tarps folded and put away to avoid water collection. If you have a pond in your yard, consider a fountain to keep the water moving, as mosquitos will not breed in moving water. Because mosquitos are also attracted to lush plants, do your best to keep your plants neat and trimmed to minimize mosquitos. When you eliminate parts of your yard that attract mosquitos, you will have fewer mosquitos in your yard, leading to fewer mosquito bites.
Consider Professional Mosquito Control
The above options can help repel mosquitos and reduce your risk for mosquito bites, but they will not get rid of mosquitos completely. For a more complete solution, consider professional mosquito control. A technician will come to your property and first eliminate all breeding areas. They will then apply a barrier spray with a time-release formula that will eliminate all pests within the area for three weeks. If desired, they will return every three weeks to reapply the spray. When you opt for professional mosquito control, you will not have to worry about mosquito bites within the barrier.
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