Which Months Really Suck?
Mosquito season has arrived, but how long will it last? The magic number that kickstarts the mosquito show lies between 50°F and 60°F. Other factors like humidity/rainfall can contribute to the pest’s presence, which makes mosquito season in the US start between February and early May, depending on your location. And just as temperature brings about the swarm, it also signals their decline later in the year between September and November.
Fight the Bite
Knowing when to expect mosquitoes is the first step in learning how to peacefully coexist with them. Here are a few eco-friendly ways to avoid getting bitten and make the most of your summer shared with the itchy invaders.
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes come to life when temperatures reach around 50°F, but peak activity can be seen around 80°F with high humidity. This means that standing water resulting from summer showers can create the perfect environment for mosquitoes to live and breed in. Empty outdoor pet dishes, bird baths, wheelbarrows, spare tires, anything that collects water around your house or business. Also make sure any decorative ponds or pools are serviced regularly and do not become stagnant.
Consider Mechanical Barriers
Invest in some quality screens for your windows and porches for the hotter days ahead. 16-18 mesh screens are recommended, and in addition to providing insect prevention, opening up your rooms to allow cross ventilation can cut down on energy costs too. When you’re on the move, dress in brighter colors; mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing!
Adjust Your Schedule
Did you know mosquitoes have been around for 400 million years?! We can’t get rid of them, but we can work around them. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Adjust your early morning and later evening outfits to have arms and legs covered.
Keep Your Bug Bite Thing Close By!
Quickly and effectively relieve the itching and discomfort associated with insect bites with your Bug Bite Thing! By removing the saliva/venom underneath the skin at the bite site, you can stop the swelling and pain caused by your body’s reaction to the irritant. Bug Bite Thing is reusable, kid-friendly, eco-friendly, and contains no creams or chemicals. The tool works best if used immediately after being bit, and it uses the power of suction to physically extract the insect’s saliva left from piercing the skin.
Mosquitoes are just one of those nuisances we have to learn to live with. Luckily we know enough about their life cycle, biology/behavior, and mating season that we are able to avoid them and reduce the overall impact they have on our lives. How do you plan to cohabitate with mosquitoes this year? How do you fight the bite? Share your experiences by tagging us @bugbitething in your photos on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.