There’s no denying the many wonders of summer: backyard parties, vacations, pitchers of sangria, just to name a few. But there’s also no sense in pretending it’s all sunshine and roses. There are also bugs to contend with, and one of them flies above all the rest when it comes to summertime pests: the mosquito.
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1.WEAR LIGHT COLORS
Mosquitos are on the hunt look for things that stand in contrast to the horizon, so dark colors are a visual giveaway to your location. Dark clothing also traps heat, which also attracts mosquitos, so wear your summer whites while you can. And if you want to update your summer wardrobe.
2.BUG-PROOF YOUR CLOTHES
There’s more than one way your clothes can keep mosquitos away.
Permethrin is a spray you can use to make your clothes insect repellent. Once applied, it lasts either six washings or six weeks. However, it should only be applied to clothing—it can cause tingling and irritation if applied directly to your skin. And if healthy skin is a priority for you.
3. KEEP YOUR SHOES ON
There are certain things about the human body that really entice mosquitos. One of them happens to be foot odor. Research published in Cell found that mosquitos are drawn to skin odor like moths to the flame. If you’ve ever seen mosquitos swarming a pair of socks left outside to dry, this is why. And if you want to let those toes breathe.
4. LOSE SOME WEIGHT
Another thing mosquitos detect when they’re looking for their next human meal is carbon dioxide, according to research from Caltech . And people who are overweight create more of the gas we all exhale. Incidentally, the old wives’ tale that mosquitos love pregnant women is actually true for the same reason. And if you’re thinking it’s finally time to shed some pounds.
5. GROW A GARDEN
There are several plants you can grow in your backyard that will help stave off mosquitos. Lemon balm, lavender, and mint are all great mosquito repellents, but basil has extra mosquito-fighting power. Research published in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology found that basil is actually toxic to mosquito larvae. And if you’re wondering what you could do with all those fresh herbs.
6. SWITCH PERFUMES
When mosquitos aren’t sucking blood, they’re feeding on flower nectar, so your flowery perfume could be luring them in. There is one exception, though. Research published in the Journal of Insect Science
inadvertently discovered that mosquitos hate the smell of Victoria’s Secret Bombshell. In fact, the perfume was nearly as effective as DEET at repelling mosquitos over the course of two hours. And if you’re looking for other perks to giving up perfume for the summer.
7. TIME YOUR DAY
Mosquitos are most active right around dawn and dusk, possibly because the wind tends to die down. So, if at all possible, avoid spending time outdoors during these mosquito-heavy times of day to reduce your exposure to the little creatures.
8. TIDY YOUR YARD
You might not realize it, but there’s a chance your yard is a breeding ground for mosquitos. All it takes is a little standing water for them to lay their eggs, so make sure that you store buckets upside down, keep trash cans covered, and don’t leave kiddie pools hanging around. Another frequently overlooked place for water to pool is in the saucers underneath potted plants, so check those for standing water to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for an infestation.
9. USE FANS
Mosquitos might be disease-laden, tenacious pests, but what they aren’t is particularly good at flying . An astonishingly easy way to keep mosquitos away is to turn a fan on. Because mosquitos tend to be pretty low flyers, it should be a floor or table fan for maximum effectiveness. Turn it on, and mosquitos would rather give up and fly someplace else than try to battle the wind your fan is making.
10. AVOID OUTDOOR EXERCISE
Mosquitos are attracted to heat, carbon dioxide, and body odor. And they can draw blood through tight fitting clothes. This means exercising outdoors in the summer is basically turning your body into a giant mosquito magnet, thanks to your increased body temperature, rate of breathing, and sweat. Hit the gym if you can instead, or at least avoid working out at peak mosquito hours.