Everything about them is annoying. The first experience is that the incessant buzzing around your head. The next level of annoyance is the pin prick of pain right as you realize you are in process of being bitten. Then you’ve got a horrible, itchy welt for days and days that just won’t stop.
But that’s only the beginning… They spread disease and are responsible for more deaths in world history than all wars combined. Malaria, West Nile Virus, Dengue, Zika Virus and many other frightening diseases threaten humanity thanks to those blood suckers.
No one needs itchy bites and we surely do not want diseases! So here are 5 sure fire ways to avoid mosquitoes.
First and foremost. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. The small larva exist in stagnant water for at least three times as they prepare to emerge and wreak havoc. The more standing water there is on a property, the more likely it’s to provide excellent breeding grounds. Get rid of standing water! Check the gutters, flower pot saucers, children’s toys, grill covers, etc.. Remove ALL standing water! Did I mention to get rid of standing water? Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk.
Most mosquitoes get superb active at the beginning and end of the day. (Midday is to hot and make it harder for them to fly.) If you must go outdoors, try to do it when they are not there. Do not wear perfumes, lotions, or scented personal products.
One thing is for certain, mosquitoes have very sensitive smellers. They are drawn to the carbon dioxide we exhale and they also love human perspiration. Add in some scented products on your own body and it is like a welcome mat. The only scent you should be wearing is a repellent. Wear light clothing.
Not really sure why this is true but it’s true – mosquitoes prefer dark clothing. So wear light colored clothes and it surely helps.
5. Cover up.
Speaking of clothing, use a lot of it! These blood suckers need flesh and are much less likely to suck your blood through clothes. The less skin you have exposed, the less opportunity they have to attack it.
So in the event that you loathe mosquitoes like the rest of us, take these steps to make sure you avoid them as far as possible.
And do not forget to eliminate standing water!
Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug which provides pest control products that use cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides.
Greenbug products control pests you don’t want such as Mosquitoes, Ants, Bed Bugs, Fleas, Ticks, Roaches, Mites, etc. but cause no damage at all to beneficial creatures.