Warm summer weather can be ruined by mosquitoes. Spending time outside can result in itchy arms and legs from mosquito bites the next day. Here are some ways to ward off the pesky bug and rid yard of mosquitoes.
If there is one pesky mosquito, you can swat at it with your hand or a mosquito swatter. When many mosquitoes are in the area, you have more of a problem and other actions need to be taken.
There are mosquito repellents that can be worn. Spray repellents on skin before going outside. If wearing sunscreen as well, apply the sunscreen before the insect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended for adults and children over two months old. Repellents with lower amounts of DEET will need to be applied more frequently because they have shorter protection time.
If you are feeling crafty and don’t like all the chemicals used in store bought repellents, you can make your own natural repellent. Many different recipes can be found online using alcohol or olive oil and plant leaves.
Citronella oil, cinnamon oil, castor oil and lemon eucalyptus oil will scare away the bug and rid yard of mosquitoes. Lemon eucalyptus oil can be found in Repel and is also effective at repelling ticks.
Citronella can be used in oil form and is effective in other forms as well. The smoke from a citronella candle or torch will keep rid yard of mosquitoes. Don’t sit in the line of smoke to avoid inhaling it yourself. Plant a citronella plant. The smell of this plant will keep mosquitoes away.
Avoid wearing heavy and dark clothing in the summer weather. Mosquitoes are attracted to warm bodies and reportedly like dark colors. Also avoid wearing perfume because mosquitoes like sweet smells. When spending a lot of time outside during summer nights, wear light colored long sleeved clothes. This will cover all of your skin and hopefully not be too warm.
Use mosquito nets when necessary. These nets will keep mosquitoes from getting close to you. Frequently check your net for holes and repair holes when necessary. Nets will rid yard of mosquitoes, at least the area you are sitting in!
Keep outdoor lights off when possible and use lights that do not attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes won’t hang around lights that are LED, yellow bug lights or sodium lamps.
Get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes like stagnant water. Don’t let water sit in anything that will hold water for days such as bird baths, empty flower pots, old tires, pet water bowls, buckets and even puddles on driveways. Regularly mow grass to keep it from getting overgrown and become the perfect home for mosquitoes as well as other bugs.
By using some of these mosquito repellent ideas, you may be able to spend time outside in the summer without being full of bug bites the next day. Summer is fun but mosquitoes are not, so take precautions before going outside!