I am like a neon blinking beacon for hungry mosquitos. There could be 1 mosquito in a 10 mile radius, and it will find me, and make a meal out of my arms and legs.
Every year, I have had to find creative ways to keep those pesky flying monsters at bay. My misery is your gain, because I am about to drop some great secrets on how to get rid of the mosquitoes — or at least keep them to a minimum.
Wear lighter colored clothing.
Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors. Well, not dark colors, per say, but the heat that is trapped by darker colors.
Blacks, browns, or other darker colors tend to absorb heat, causing more sweat, and mosquitoes LOVE the odor and the moisture caused by the sweat.
You won’t completely avoid mosquitoes if you wear lighter colors, but it will sure HELP. And, any help when it comes to avoiding mosquitoes is good.
Get rid of standing water in the area.
Mosquitoes tend to be attracted to, and breed in standing, stagnant water.
So, drain that kiddie pool that isn’t being used. Dump out that empty planter that has gathered rain water. Don’t keep your watering can full of water by your back door. Dump it out when not in use. Clean those clogged rain gutters.
Do what you can to eliminate puddles of standing water, especially during muggy, hot weather, which mosquitoes LOVE.
Wear long sleeves and long pants.
I know, it’s summer. That means you want to wear the OPPOSITE of clothes that cover your arms and legs.
Wearing a light colored, breathable fabric that covers your arms and legs when you KNOW there are going to be mosquitos — sitting on a back porch in the evenings in the middle of the summer — will make it difficult for the little buggers to get at your skin.
Less available skin means less chance that you will get bit by those teeny tiny beasts.
Be proactive in protecting yourself.
Plant some citronella plants around your yard. Citronella is known to repel mosquitoes.
It’s not going to repel 100% of those pesky, hungry bugs, but it will definitely cut down the amount of mosquitoes that come into your yard.
ALSO, if you know you are going to be out on the back porch, for example, a lot during the summer, consider putting up a mosquito-type net around the area.
If you are having a gathering of people over, consider getting a tent for people to gather in. Then keep tiki torches that contain citronella scented torch fuel around the opening of the tent. This will help keep the mosquitoes to a minimum.
Break out those essential oils.
Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of:
- Lemon Balm
You might want to consider dousing your skin in a bit of one of these essential oils.
I don’t go outside during the summer months without my peppermint oil. Not only does it help keep biting bugs away, it smells pretty good!
Get a DEET-free mosquito repellent spray.
When all else fails, get that mosquito repellent spray from the store. Always go for the DEET-free variety, as DEET can cause icky side effects.
Spray your skin and clothes with that DEET-free spray, but keep the it away from your eyes, and try not to inhale the repellent.
Here’s to a mosquito-free summer!! Stay safe out there.