If you’re planning a nice summer barbecue, then you’re not the only one who’s planning a feast. Mosquitoes will also feel invited to your summer gathering. These pests are among the most dangerous pests in the world because they spread deadly diseases. Plus they’re just simply annoying. Mosquitoes do need human blood to develop fertile eggs, but you can avoid their bites if you protect yourself properly. These pests smell their dinner from a distance up to 50 meters, so you better protect yourself the best you can. Here is some advice on how to avoid mosquito bites during warm summer evenings.
Use chemical-based mosquito repellents.
There are plenty of mosquito repellents you can find in drugstores and supermarkets, but they’re not all equally effective. The majority of mosquito repellents contain some sort of chemicals. The chemical which is effective the most is DEET. In the most recent studies, it’s proven as the most effective chemical repellent on the market. Repellents containing 30% to 50% DEET are effective for several hours, so they’re an excellent choice for avoiding mosquito bites.
When outdoors, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
If you cover your skin, mosquitoes will avoid you. This is especially recommended for camping trips. Keep your clothes as loose as possible since it’s more comfortable when it’s hot outside. Sporting goods stores and camping stores offer specially designed clothes made out of strong and light materials. This is a good investment if you’re planning a trip to a hot and humid place during your summer vacation.
Install window screens.
You can enjoy the cool breeze without worrying about annoying mosquitoes if you utilize window and door screens. Be sure to check all existing screens for any holes and tears through which mosquitoes and other pests can easily enter your home.
Remove the standing water.
Mosquitoes are attracted to water, and all sources of standing water are excellent for mosquito breeding. If there are any containers, such as empty flower pots, pet dishes, kiddie pools, old tires, etc., remove them from your yard as soon as possible. The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to prevent them from breeding in the first place.
Avoid peak mosquito hours.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, since the lack of wind brings them out to find their new victims. If you need to go out, make sure to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and put some mosquito repellent on.
Avoid wearing perfumes.
Mosquitoes love nectar from flowers. When you wear flowery perfume they’re immediately attracted to you. Try to avoid perfumes and colognes during hot summer months to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. Fragrant hair products can have the same effect, so use caution.
Know what attracts mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are attracted to CO2, so you should avoid activities that make you breathe harder, especially during dusk and dawn. They’re also attracted to lactic acid, a substance released by our bodies when we sweat. This substance is a common ingredient in cosmetic products, so check labels and try to avoid products that contain lactic acid.
Contact a pest control professional.
If you want to prevent mosquitoes from breeding around your house, contact a pest control professional for mosquito control services to keep your yard as mosquito-free as possible.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of mosquitoes and use that knowledge when developing a mosquito control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.