Mosquitoes are the worst.
Everything about them is annoying. The first experience is that the incessant buzzing around your head. The next level of annoyance is the pin prick of pain right as you realize you are in process of being bitten. Then you have a horrible, itchy welt for days and days that just won’t stop.
But that’s just the beginning… They spread disease and are responsible for more deaths in world history than all wars combined. Malaria, West Nile Virus, Dengue, Zika Virus and many other frightening diseases threaten humanity thanks to these blood suckers.
No one needs itchy bites and we certainly do not want diseases! Here are 5 sure fire ways to prevent mosquitoes. Eliminate standing water.
First and foremost. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. The small larva exist in stagnant water for at least three days as they prepare to emerge and wreak havoc. The more standing water there is on a property, the more likely it’s to provide excellent breeding grounds. Eliminate standing water! Remove ALL standing water! Did I mention to get rid of standing water?
2. Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk.
Most mosquitoes get superb active in the beginning and end of the day. (Midday is to hot and make it harder for them to fly.) If you must go outside, try to do it when they are not there.
3. Don’t wear perfumes, lotions, or scented personal products.
One thing is for certain, mosquitoes have very sensitive smellers. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale and they also love human perspiration. Add in some scented products on your own body and it is just like a welcome mat. The only odor you should be wearing is a repellent. Wear light clothing.
Not really certain why this is true but it’s true – mosquitoes prefer dark clothes. So wear light colored clothes and it certainly helps.
5. Cover up.
Speaking of clothing, use a lot of it! These blood suckers need flesh and are much less likely to suck your blood through clothes. The less skin you have exposed, the less chance they must attack it.
So if you despise mosquitoes like the rest of us, take these steps to make sure you avoid them as much as you can.
And don’t forget to get rid of standing water!
Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug which offers pest control products using cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides.
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