Some of the peskiest bugs that can really ruin your summer evenings are mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes annoying to hear buzzing around your head and face, but they can also give you painful and bothersome bites that will have you itching for hours or days afterward. And in addition to this, mosquitoes are also carriers from some potentially deadly diseases.
Needless to say, if there’s anything you can do to keep these mosquitoes away from you, it’s best that you do it. So to help you with this, here are three tips to help you keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Eliminate Any Standing Water
One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away from you is to eliminate the environment in which they thrive: standing, stagnant water.
According to Paul Hope, a contributor to Consumer Reports, mosquitoes reproduce in water, which means you can usually find a lot of them congregating around any amount of standing water that you have near you or your home. And because they don’t need a lot of time or a large amount of water in order to reproduce, you need to be vigilant in getting rid of any standing water that you don’t want mosquitoes buzzing around.
Use Natural Outdoor Repellents
If you still can’t seem to get mosquitoes to leave you alone, even without a lot of standing water around you, your next best option is to use some kind of repellent.
In addition to repellents that you can spray or apply directly to your body, you can also use certain plants as a natural repellent that can keep mosquitoes away from a general area. To do this, Megan Inayoshi and Marisa Cohen, contributors to GoodHousekeeping.com, planting plant species like citronella around your home can work wonders for keeping mosquitoes away from your yard or patio areas.
Keep in mind, however, that the effects only work if the plants feel like they’ve been harmed, so you might need to get out and rustle them a bit before you plan on spending time outside during high mosquito hours.
Think About What You’re Wearing
What you wear can have a big impact on how attractive you are to mosquitoes. Because of this, it’s wise to think about what you’re wearing before you plan on spending time outside when mosquitoes are likely to be out.
According to Kiersten Hickman, a contributor to FamilyHandyman.com, mosquitoes are often attracted to scented body products. So before you apply your lotions and potions, think twice about how this might affect any bugs near you. And if you’re really wanting to protect your skin from mosquito bites, it’s best to wear light, long clothing that leaves minimal skin exposed.
If you’ve been having problems with mosquitoes around your home, consider using the tips mentioned above to protect your property and yourself from these flying pests.