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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.

Stay Cool: 

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. 

Plant plants: 

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.