Getting bit by a mosquito is probably one of the most annoying things that can happen to a person during the summer. All you’re trying to do is have an excellent time outside, enjoy the fresh air, go on a cool camping trip with your friends or a family barbeque in the garden. However, not 5 minutes after you set foot outside, a swarm of mosquitoes attacks you, leaving tons of small, itchy mosquito bites that ruin your sleep and great mood.
So what can you do to avoid all of this hassle? Luckily there are many different techniques and methods to prevent mosquito bites and to make things easier for you, we will share the best of them in this helpful article.
So grab a pen and start reading!
Avoid the mosquito hours whenever possible
This is when mosquitoes go out to look for food; in other words, human blood. This is usually around dawn and dusk as there is a lot less wind that can stand in the way of their hunting adventures.
Try to organise your schedule in a way that will allow you to stay inside during the active mosquito hours and the chance of getting bitten would be a lot smaller. If you have kids that you want to protect, make sure to remind them, as it’s quite easy to forget while playing outside or doing other activities.
Use natural or store-bought repellents for mosquito bites
It’s always a good idea to protect yourself, no matter if you rely on natural ingredients or chemical repellents. You can make your own repellent by mixing certain essential oils with water, putting them in a spray bottle, or buying them from the store. The most effective oils include citronella, clove, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, thyme, basil, and neem.
Whichever you choose, make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed, don’t use more than the recommended amount, and wash it off as soon as you get home.
Important! Never apply insect repellent on kids younger than two months!
Apply the insect repellent after your sunscreen
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a spray or lotion, this rule applies to both. Rub in the sunscreen carefully, avoiding the eyes, mouth, nose and areas with open wounds. Wait several minutes so that it’s properly absorbed into the skin, and then you can apply the insect repellent. Both should be used at least 30 minutes before actually going out.
Keep in mind that most brands recommend reapplication of the sunscreen every two hours in order for it to have a full effect. However, the repellents can last up to 12 hours, depending on the brand and the concentration of the active ingredient. Don’t use too much when applying and make sure to wash it off, once you get to safety.
Avoid fruity and sweet fragrances
This includes colognes, perfumes, body mists and lotions. No matter how amazing floral scents are, they are the worst choice during mosquito season as they will definitely attract the mini vampires for a bite.
Another scent that is really attractive to these pests is sweat, so make sure you don’t stay out too much after a workout and use unscented products.
Make sure there is no standing water in your garden
These areas are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes so if you want to enjoy your time outside in the garden, ensure you don’t provide them with optimal surroundings. Water can gather everywhere, not only where it’s supposed to be, and this includes old tires, plant saucers, pool covers, uncovered barbeques, trash cans, lids, Frisbees and forgotten toys. Of course, if you have an artificial (or real) lake, a pool, rain gutters and other places where it’s normal for water to gather, you can’t really get rid of them completely, but there are other things you can do.
- Buy larvicide mosquito rings from home and garden stores to treat the water in your ponds;
- If you have fish in your pond, buy a species that eats mosquito larvae;
- Don’t leave the rain gutters and plant saucers filled with water for too long, so it doesn’t get stagnant;
- Take the pet bowls inside or at least empty them up when not in use;
- Clean up your yard debris often including old tires, discarded toys and general rubbish;
- Change the water in birdhouses or birdbaths, if you have such.
Install insect-repelling lights
Scientists have proven that some light waves, between 530 and 590, are very effective in repelling all kinds of insects, not only mosquitoes. We recommend that you go for a compact fluorescent light when you start creating the forcefield that will repel the annoying insects. And not just a CFL, but a yellow one, since yellow is the breaking point when the wavelengths become longer and truly affect the nervous system of insects.
Other options are LED lights, sodium vapour lamps or halogen bulbs. Not only will your garden and home look extra cool, but you will also be energy efficient, saving the planet and its resources. And no mosquito bites, so it’s a win-win situation.
Grow repellent plants to avoid mosquito bites
If mosquitoes keep invading your garden, making it impossible to spend time outside without getting bitten, then plant some of these flowers and herbs to repel them. Not only will you prevent potential infestations, but you will also have a beautiful garden!
Here are the most effective mosquito repellent plants:
- Lemon Thyme
- Lemon Weed
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Floss Flower
- Tea Tree
Reach out to a professional
If you notice that the population of mosquitos in your home has increased significantly, then don’t hesitate to call a professional pest control company. Their experts would be able to determine the most efficient way of dealing with the situation before it’s too late.