Wondering how to prevent mosquitoes from ruining your summer fun? Read on.
Did you know that over one million people worldwide die each year from mosquito-borne diseases? They can also transmit disease to our beloved pets. Not to mention, mosquito bites are itchy and annoying!
This summer, here’s what you can do to minimize your exposure to mosquitoes and risk of getting bitten:
IN YOUR YARD
- Watch out for standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Try to fill in any holes in your yard that create puddles. Add some fish and frogs to your ponds.
- Use natural repellents.
- Include easy-to-grow mosquito-repelling plants in your yard like citronella, lemon balm, marigolds, basil, lavender, peppermint, and garlic, to name a few.
- Keep your grass as short as possible.
- Add a fan to your outdoor space. Fans are very effective in keeping mosquitos away.
- Aim high. Elevation works wonders. Mosquitoes generally fly below 25 feet, so an elevated roof deck or porch will be a safe place.
- Mosquito Magnets or mosquito traps (here are some DIY options) work well.
- Of course, you can always use a screened-in porch. Or invest in net walls for your outdoor space.
- Install yellow lights (vs. white) in your outdoor space. These Bug Lights are specially designed to repel bugs.
Here are more ideas to spruce up your backyard for summer fun.
FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION
- Mosquitoes are attracted to potassium, salt, and lactic acid released by your body so avoid salty and potassium-rich foods (think bananas and avocados).
- Avoid wearing perfume or cologne. Fragrances, especially floral ones, are known to attract mosquitoes.
- Wear light colors, Mosquitoes are drawn to dark-colored clothing.
- Stay dry. Sweat, especially alcohol-related, attracts mosquitoes as well.
- Cover up! It goes without saying that the less your skin is exposed, the lesser chance of being bitten.
Fun fact: Those with Type O blood are more likely to attract mosquitoes.
Stay safe this summer!