As the cold says goodbye and we begin to light up our outside firepits, it’s important that we make ourselves aware of those disgusting blood sucking monsters out there. The way they sneak up on us in the heat of the night, bite down on us, and drain us of our blood is a horror. No, put away the wooden stakes. We’re not talking about vampires. We’re talking about everyone’s least favorite flying insect: mosquitoes.
With spring heat comes mosquitoes and with all of the talk of the Zika virus, it’s important that we learn about different methods of combating these bugs. If you’re sick of sticky bug spray and expensive citronella candles, you can keep mosquitoes away with these simple but efficient methods.
1. Get Rid of Standing Water
This is the biggest source of the mosquito issue. These vampire-like insects breed in stagnant water and multiply their army in astronomical numbers.
Therefore, make sure you get outside and inspect your yard. That means emptying any kiddie pools, pet water bowls, puddles, flower pots, and gutters. If you have a pond, you may have your hands full. From experience, ponds can create hoards of mosquitoes. To get them out of there, get your pond a fountain to get that sucker moving.
2. Mosquitno Bands
Mosquitno bands are an all-natural and easy-to-wear bracelt that is designed to ward off mosquitoes at any time. From days at the park to campfires in your backyard, Mosquitno bands are great everywhere.
Mosquitno bands are infused with pleasant-smelling citronella oils that act much like their candle counterparts would. The company also supplies Mosquitno stickers that you can place around the house to keep mosquitoes away.
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It’s funny how much mosquitoes really are like vampires, but it’s especially true with this tip: Mosquitoes hate Garlic.
We’re not saying that you have dress yourself with an array of garlic clove ornaments, but it may help you to eat some garlic-infused foods. The oil in the garlic will be released through your pores and create a wall between you and the mosquitoes. Sure, it won’t do you any good on the dating scene, but at least you won’t get torn up with bug bites.
You can also simply get your green thumb on as there are a ton of plants out there that can ward off mosquitoes. From their oils to their scents, these flowers and herbs should help you keep mosquitoes away.
- Lemon Balm
5. Body Oils
This is the same basic idea as the plants, but using the scent and oil of the above-listed plants can also keep mosquitoes away. Simply changing your scent is a huge mosquito repellent.
For example look to use shampoos, body oils, and lotions that carry the scent of Lavender. You can also use neem oil on your skin to keep mosquitoes away. Neem oil is actually a natural insecticide that we use to keep bugs off our plants. The same idea works for humans as mosquitoes loathe it.
6. Dish soap
Like grime and grease, mosquitoes can’t stand soap. Here’s a great idea for your next outdoor party. Keep a few small bowls of dish soap on tables or the patio to keep the bloodsuckers at bay.
Feel free to kill two birds with one stone by keeping the kids happy and keep mosquitoes away by giving the children bubbles to play with.
7. Dryer Sheets
Go into your laundry room and fill your pockets with dryer sheets. Mosquitoes swarm to humans because of our scent. However, by rubbing a dryer sheet on our skin, we can mask our smell and keep the mosquitoes away when you are outside.