FACT: Mosquitoes are an annoyance. There is nothing worse than a swarm of mosquitoes crashing your outdoor BBQ and sending your guests running for cover. Here is a compiled list of tips and tricks to combat those pesky bugs and get you back to enjoying the outdoors!
1. Know your season
The fist step is know when mosquito season will hit your location. Check out this handy guide to read when those pesky insects will arrive knocking at your back door.
2. Remove standing water
You may think this is an obvious thing to do, but I encourage you to go walk your yard. The littlest things you may not think collect water, actually do! Flower pots, bird feeders, old tires and buckets are just a few water collection vessels that are mosquito breeding grounds.
3. Clogged gutters
Gutters tend to become clogged with leaves and other debris over the winter. This can be an area of standing water out of your direct line of vision that you may not have thought to look. Check those gutters!
4. All Natural
Consider an all-natural solution to repellents. Experiment with non chemical solutions such as Citronella (natural plant oil). Tea tree oil and vitamin B have reportedly helped some people repel mosquitoes. As with any product, their effectiveness depends on the situation, your own skin chemistry, and the exact type of mosquito you are dealing with. Note, however, that so-called "alternative" solutions sometimes aren't held to the testing standards that mainstream commercial repellents are - research alternative solutions and read testimonials before spending any money. - credit wikiHow: Preventing Mosquitoes from Biting You
5. Long, Loose Clothing
Wear long, loose clothing. Covering yourself with clothing is a great way to avoid being bit, but the loose clothing part is KEY. Mosquitoes can bite right through tight fitting clothing so ditch the leggings and pick something looser!
6. Mosquito Netting
There are so many options to purchase different types of mosquito netting, you should definitely invest in a few if you plan to spend time outdoors. They make anything from mosquito head nets, clothing, stroller covers, bed nets and more.
7. Invest in a Bug Bite Thing®
Inevitably no matter how prepared you are this mosquito season, the reality is you may still get bit. Bug Bite Thing is a new lightweight tool that you can take with you to extract insect poison from the bite, giving you immediate relief from the itching, stinging and swelling. You can pick one up HERE for $9.95 and use it over and over again on the whole family.