Surprising Ways To Make Mosquitos Bug Off
Summer is a fun time for backyard barbecues, pool parties, camping, hiking, and get-togethers with family and friends. So the last thing you want to have to worry about while enjoying the great outdoors is mosquitoes. Fortunately, you can do a few natural things to avoid these annoying, bloodthirsty insects this season.
Almost any breeze above 1mph (1.6kph) makes it difficult for them to fly. Pick a breezy spot outdoors…aim a fan on you at night. It works better than those fancy ultrasonic devices and apps.
Mosquitos are drawn to you by the pheromones released in your sweat, so cool off and don’t sweat. Yes, easier said than done in the summer.
Give your heart a breather:
They also search for carbon dioxide to identify food sources. Exercise, alcohol, and spicy foods all increase CO2 production.
Certain plants discourage mosquitos from hanging around your house. Those include citronella, lavender, marigolds, lemongrass and basil.
Get rid of standing water:
Mosquitos can breed in small containers of water like a birdbath or even water sitting around your plants…and so can some viruses common to mosquitos.
Wear tightly woven, light-colored clothes:
Mosquitos can’t penetrate material with a very tight weave. Many synthetic fibers, like hi-tech athletic apparel, tend to resist them.
Avoid scented products:
Any scented perfume, lotion, or soap could attract them.