It’s that time of year again! As the weather warms up, the mosquitoes come out in full force. Camping trips, backyard barbecues, and evenings sitting out on your porch are all spent swatting pesky mosquitoes away and scratching at impossibly itchy bites. Luckily, our pest control pros at Purple Care have some tips on how to prevent mosquito bites so you can enjoy spending time outside! Read on to see what you can do to keep these insects away.
Perhaps the most obvious tip of all is to wear mosquito repellent. EPA-approved mosquito repellents such as DEET and Picaridin been tested and deemed safe and effective against mosquitoes. Apply mosquito repellent before leaving your home and read the label instructions carefully. Reapplication is necessary depending on how long you plan on staying outside.
Wear Light Clothes
Deep-colored clothing stands out the most to mosquitoes, which makes it an easy target. Avoid wearing black, red, or blue clothing and stick to white, khaki, beige, or pastel colors. These lighter clothes make you harder to spot and less likely to be bitten.
Cover As Much Skin As Possible
If you have any exposed skin, a mosquito will find it! These persistent insects are attracted to bare skin when they bite, so try to cover up as much as possible. Wearing long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes makes it much more difficult for mosquitoes to bite you. Take it one step further by choosing looser clothing items rather than skin-tight spandex for extra protection.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water sources where they can reproduce. Something as small as a cup of water is enough to attract mosquitoes and increase your chances of being bitten.
Try to either remove or treat any standing water sources on your property such as:
- Overwatered pots
Cut Down On The Alcohol
Research has found that drinking even one beer can change your body odor and attract more mosquitoes to you. Cutting down on alcohol can make you smell less appealing to these pesky insects.
Avoid Certain Times Of Day
Dusk and dawn are prime mosquito feeding times. During sunrise and sunset, the weather conditions tend to be more favorable to mosquitoes as it is typically cooler and less windy. Try to stay inside during these hours and come outside when it is warmer.
Add Mosquito Repelling Plants To Your Garden
Certain plants have been known to repel mosquitoes, which can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Try planting lavender, citronella, lemongrass, and basil. This natural insect repellent cannot eliminate mosquitoes from your yard, but they can keep many of them away.
Call Purple Care
For premium, effective mosquito control, you need Purple Care. Our service professionals know exactly how to locate and treat hotspots on your property, significantly reducing the population of mosquitoes.