Mosquitoes are pests that can spread diseases when they bite you. While most people are just annoyed by the itchy bites of mosquitoes, it is important to consider the dangers that they can cause as they transmit diseases like malaria, West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Whether you are trying to enjoy time at home or traveling there are steps you can take to stop yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.
Apply Bug Spray
When you are traveling or spending time in a heavily infested mosquito area, you may be wondering what mosquito repellent is the best. There are a variety of brands of mosquito repellent, but the key is to look at the different chemicals that they use. DEET is one of the most effective repellents and you should use at least 10% and up to 30% for kids. However, there are stronger formulas available. Picaridin is another effective option that can keep mosquitoes away for up to eight hours.
Avoid Peak Mosquito Times and Areas
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. If you can avoid going out at this time of day, you may be able to avoid being bitten. If you can avoid areas where mosquitoes like to live and breed like marshy areas and swamps, you have a better chance of avoiding getting bitten. However, this is not always practical.
Dress in Light Colors
Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and dressing in lighter colors and white can help reduce the amount that you bitten. While this will not stop mosquitoes from biting you, it may reduce the chance of them finding you. It should be one of many steps that you take.
Treat Your Yard
Another option is to treat your yard for mosquitoes. A professional can apply a barrier spray that will knockdown any adult mosquitoes and prevent new ones from entering. Often the treatment will include treating any areas where mosquitoes may breed on your property.
Avoid Drinking Beer Outside
Mosquitoes are attracted to beer and people who have had a beer in the last hour. If you are out barbecuing, you may want to relax with a cold beer, but this is a signal for the mosquitoes to come and find you. You may want to wait to have your drink once the cooking is done and you are back inside.
Plan Your Garden
If you plan your garden so that you plant things like marigolds, lavender and geraniums around your patio seating or gazebos, you can work to naturally repel mosquitoes. This will help to reduce the number of mosquitoes that you see in the area, but it is not going to completely eliminate them. Other plants you can use include catnip, citronella and peppermint.