It’s summertime and the mosquitoes are out! Sure, it can be a beautiful day outside with the blue sky and all – but if you have to walk through acres of mosquito-infested grass, then that beauty is lost. The worst part about being swarmed by mosquitoes is that not only do they suck blood from your body, but they also leave itchy red bumps all over. Not to mention the diseases they carry with them like West Nile Virus or Malaria.
In this blog post we’re going to offer some tips on how you can protect your family from mosquitoes in these mosquito-ridden months.
Wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin
Wearing long sleeves and pants to protect your skin is the best way of preventing mosquito bites. If you’re outside, try wearing light colors like white or yellow because mosquitoes are less attracted to them than darker colors.
Use bug repellent with DEET or Picaridin for more protection
Using bug repellent can give you some extra protection against mosquitoes, so it’s worth using.
Some people who are sensitive to DEET or Picaridin should look for bug repellents with a lower concentration of these chemicals and also use them sparingly. But if you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients in insect repellent then feel free to use products with DEET to give yourself more protection.
DEET and Picaridin are both chemicals that can help protect against mosquitoes, but it’s important to use them sparingly as they may cause side effects such as rashes for some people who are sensitive or allergic to these ingredients.
If you’re not experiencing any negative reactions then feel free to continue using.
Stay indoors as much as possible
The next thing you can do is to stay indoors as much as possible. Of course, you can’t always do this and we all need fresh air every now and then but it’s important to try your best not to be outdoors unless necessary. The more time spent outside the greater chance of being bitten by a mosquito which will expose yourself or your children to potential health risks such as Zika, West Nile Virus or Dengue fever.
Make sure screens are in good condition so you don’t let mosquitoes get inside
Many people are not aware that mosquitoes can live indoors, too! So even though you may be safe at home or work it’s still important to take precautions by installing screens on windows and doors.
Also, make sure that your screens are in good condition so you don’t let mosquitoes get inside.
Keep doors and windows closed at night so that mosquitoes can’t fly inside
Keeping doors and windows closed at night is an easy way to keep mosquitoes out of your home. Insect-proofing your home by keeping doors and windows closed can help prevent mosquito bites and the potential consequences that may come with exposure to certain mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile virus or Dengue fever.
Get rid of standing water on your property to reduce mosquito breeding grounds
Standing water around your property is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can leave you vulnerable to mosquito bites.
For example, if you have an air conditioner that has been out of use or turned off over the summer months and it’s filled with standing water, make sure that you drain it before turning on your cooling system.
Mosquitoes will breed in places that have small or large amounts of water, such as a birdbath, children’s swimming pool or even an old tire that has been left in the yard.
If you have any of these sources of standing water on your property and are concerned about mosquitoes breeding there, it’s best to get rid of them by filling with sand or removing entirely.
Be cautious around bodies of water like ponds or rivers because they attract mosquitos
Larger bodies of water such as ditches, marshes or ponds are known to be breeding grounds for mosquitos. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark, stagnant waters because they provide the perfect breeding ground for larvae.
With their small size and ability to lay up to a thousand eggs at one time, mosquitos can quickly reproduce into large populations within just days.
Mosquitos like to hang out in poorly maintained yards.
Mosquitos are a nuisance. They can ruin your time in the yard and make it hard to enjoy being outside. Without proper care and attention, mosquitoes can make your backyard a breeding ground for disease-carrying pests that could spread to you or your family.
One way to make your yard an unattractive habitat for mosquitoes is by keeping it well-maintained. A mosquito’s paradise has been created when you let the grass get too tall and damp!
Trim overgrown bushes in your yard to keep mosquitoes from breeding there as well as keeping the area free of standing water.
Mosquitos are great at hiding their larvae in small containers. Keep your garbage cans, buckets, pots and pans all tightly sealed so there’s no chance they’ll have a place to grow!
Mosquito Repelling Plants
One of my favorite mosquito-repellants are plants that have a heavy scent. Plants with scents like citronella, lemongrass or peppermint are great options for keeping your yard mosquito-free!
Some plants also have a natural barrier against mosquitoes. Citronellas and lavenders emit oils that harden on the leaves of the plant to help keep pesky insects away from them. These seem to be a great alternative to using bug sprays and insecticides to keep your yard safe.
We’re also entering into the time of year where mosquitoes are at their worst, so if you have any plants that can help deter these pests from coming near you- I highly recommend planting them!
You might not think about mosquitoes until you find one buzzing around your head, but these pests are a persistent problem throughout the summer months. To protect yourself from bites and infections, follow these tips to keep mosquitos at bay this season. Try wearing long sleeves and pants when outside so that your skin is less exposed as well as using bug repellent with DEET or Picaridin for more protection.
When indoors, make sure screens are in good condition so you don’t let mosquitoes get inside by leaving them open too far while they’re resting on it during daylight hours. Keep doors and windows closed at night. Which will help prevent intruders like pesky mosquitos from coming into your home after sunset!