With West Nile virus and mosquitoes being prominent in the news lately, we’ve had a lot of requests to talk about how to avoid the incessant insect.
In order to help you stay safe and have an enjoyable outing on the patio, we’ve put together a list of ways to avoid mosquitos. Take a look and comment below to tell us what you have done to avoid the buzzing pests.
It turns out that mosquitoes are attracted to people who drink beer. So, avoid drinking beer but instead use it as a trap. Place open cups away from your party and they’ll be attracted to it.
Make your own natural repellent
All you need is a candle, water, and some essential oils like lemon eucalyptus, lavender or catnip. The heat of the candle will evaporate the oil into the air a combination of heat and oil should give you a 2-3 meter radius.
Fabric softener sheets
Rub fabric softener sheets on your skin. Apparently, this helps detract mosquitoes but can irritate the skin of some people.
A well-placed fan
Place fans strategically around your outdoor party or at entries to your home to deter mosquitoes. They don’t fly very well in winds so you can easily keep them away from your party with the occasional gust of wind.
Avoid dark clothing
Wearing dark clothes will make you warm and sweat more. Mosquitoes are attracted to warmer bodies so it’s best to avoid dark clothing. Also, avoid blue and red colors. It’s also best to avoid perfumes and colognes that will attract the pests.
Wear loose, long clothing
Speaking of clothing; be sure to wear looser clothing (to keep you cooler) and also wear long pants and long sleeves. This will keep the mosquitoes off your vulnerable arms and legs.
Check screens in your home
Many times, mosquitoes are finding their way into your home via a tear in your window screen. Be sure to patch these up.
Don’t use a bug zapper
While it might be fun to hear the occasional zap outside, but there are more effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes. Many times, the bugs that are killed are not mosquitoes. Instead, try and kill the mosquitoes with a machine that uses heat and carbon dioxide to entrap the mosquito using a container or chemical. Machines that say they emit a mosquito frequency have been proven false.
Instead, try citronella
Citronella can be found in many other items beside insect repellent. It can also be found in candles, oil for lamps, etc. It can also be found in some types of dish soap.
Have the right lighting
Lighting isn’t just about setting the right mood for your outdoor party. Mosquitoes are attracted to certain types of lights. Be sure to use LED lights, yellow bug lights and sodium lamps.
Get rid of stagnant water near your home
Mosquitoes thrive near stale water spots. Make sure that you don’t have any collections of mossy, muddy water around your home. This also includes things like flowerpots, ponds and any other water that has been still for a few days.
Cut your grass
Just like stagnant water, mosquitos also love long grass. Make sure your grass and shrubbery aren’t breeding grounds for more mosquitoes.
So what have you done? Have you found a method that gets rid of mosquitos? Comment below and let everyone know!