There’s no helping it, mosquito season is almost here and there’s nothing we can do from keeping the vile little creatures from reproducing. Mosquitos are among the most annoying and potentially dangerous insects we have to live with daily. They carry and spread some of the most deadly diseases known to humans and leave nasty, itchy bites.
While you may feel helpless as the peak of the mosquito season approaches, there are various small changes you can make to decrease your chances of being bitten:
- You hear it every mosquito season. Get rid of standing water. If you can avoid it, make sure you do as this is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Keep your pools clean and properly chlorinated and keep an eye on pet water bowls and other places with still water as these can also attract mosquito.
- If you prefer to keep your doors open, look into getting a screen door installed to help with ventilation and keep out the bugs. If you’re worried about an unsightly screen door at the front face of your home, consider installing one on your backdoor rather than front.
- Setting mosquito traps can also be a useful way to get rid of some of the mosquitos that are overpopulating your home or yard. There are plenty traps you can purchase at the store that are already set and ready to go or you can also make one.
- Mosquito repellant is also a great way to keep them at bay and avoid some of those annoying and itchy bites. Spraying yourself is a fast and easy way to distribute the product all over yourself and your clothes.
- Sleeping with a canopy is one of the best ways to ensure you won’t be bitten night. During the day you have the ability to swat away mosquitos or any other annoying pests, but as you lay down for the night, you’re a sitting duck just waiting to be a mosquito’s dinner.
- Have you noticed some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others? While many would say that eating certain foods such as bananas, garlic and beer can attract mosquitos, there is really no proof that this is true.
It is true, however, that carbon dioxide and people that breathe more heavily than others attract more mosquitos due to the amount of CO2 they exhale. Other factors that may attract mosquitos include the scent of your skin’s secretions and other compounds of the skin, though there is no clear evidence of which they prefer.