Mosquitoes are the worst.
Everything about them is annoying. The next level of annoyance is that pin prick of pain right before you realize you’re being bitten, like
Then you have a dreadful, itchy welt for awhile and that itch just won’t stop.
But that’s merely the beginning…
Mosquitoes carry disease. They spread disease and are responsible for more deaths in world history than all wars combined.
No one wants itchy bites and we surely don’t want diseases!
- Remove standing water.
First and foremost. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. The small larva exist in stagnant water for at least three days as they prepare to emerge and wreak havoc. The more standing water that there is on a property, the more probable it’s to give excellent breeding grounds. Get rid of standing water! Did I mention to eliminate standing water?
- Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk.
Most mosquitoes get super active in the start and end of the day. (Midday would be to hot and make it harder for them to fly.) If you have to go outdoors, try to do it when they aren’t there.
- One things for sure, mosquitoes have very sensitive smellers. They’re drawn to the carbon dioxide we exhale and they also adore human sweat. Add in some scented products on your own body and it is like a welcome mat.
- Wear light clothes.
Not really sure why this is accurate but it’s true – mosquitoes prefer dark clothing. So wear light colored clothing and it certainly helps.
- Cover up.
Speaking of clothing, wear a lot of it! These blood suckers need flesh and are far less inclined to suck your blood through clothes. The less skin you have exposed, the less opportunity they have to attack it.
So in the event you despise mosquitoes like the rest of us, then consider these steps to be certain you avoid them as much as possible.
And don’t forget to get rid of standing water!