If you’re the kind of person that spends two minutes outside, only to find out later when you brush up against something that you’ve been bitten multiple times by mosquitoes, you’re probably ready for a change. No, they don’t have a personal vendetta against you (as much as it may feel like it) but there may be certain things you’re doing that may be making them more attracted to you. Here are a few ways you can keep those mosquitoes at bay while enjoying your backyard.
In some cases, there may be nothing you can do to keep those pesky bugs away — they just like you! Genetics and natural smell play a huge part in who mosquitoes choose as their prey. If you seem to be bitten more often than other members of your family, you can bet those mosquitoes just find you more appetizing than the others. Mosquitoes are also attracted to carbon dioxide and movement, so if you’re really dedicated to not getting bit you may want to consider taking it easy rather than participating in activities that require lots of moving and breathing.
One of the best ways to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes is by covering up and using repellant. Look for a repellent with DEET, which has long-been the best ingredient to keep mosquitoes away. Wear loose, long sleeved shirts and pants to protect your extremities, and spray any uncovered areas of skin.
Use a Fan
Another to try to throw off mosquitoes is by using a fan. The breeze in the air can make it harder for them to hunt you down, and if it’s strong enough it may even throw off their flying abilities. And in the summertime it will be welcomed by everyone as they try to stay a little cooler.
Identify Breeding Locations
Besides covering up and protecting yourself, you should consider a proactive approach and see if there’s anything you can do to eliminate the number of mosquitoes in your yard. To do that, you’ll need to identify potential breeding locations. The first thing you should look for is stagnant water. And it doesn’t have to be much standing water to make the perfect spot for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. Check your gutters and downspouts for areas where the water isn’t draining properly. Inspect your garden, pots, or other containers that can hold water and make sure they have better drainage or turn them over so they don’t collect water. Eliminate anything that could collect and hold water from your sprinklers or a rainstorm. This should help cut back the number of mosquitoes in your yard.
Hire a Professional
While there are a few DIY approaches you can take to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard, you’ll get the most lasting results when you hire a professional to tackle the job for you. When you hire a pest control company, not only are they going to use professional products to kill mosquitoes and the larvae, but they’re going to inspect your home for any areas that could be attracting the blood-sucking pests. For the best pest control company in the business, contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care and say goodbye to those pesky mosquitoes!