Itchy bites inflicted by mosquitoes are utterly annoying. In general, mosquito bites are dinky and resolve spontaneously. However, in certain cases, can transmit deadly diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria, Eastern equine encephalitis, yellow fever, and can induce chronic allergic reactions.
There are various factors that attract mosquitoes to some people more than others such as warmth, blood type, sweat, metabolic rate (carbon dioxide), body odor composition, dark clothing etc. Some studies even suggest that keeping of domestic animals at home can be considered one of these factors. Indeed, it’s quite common to hear about mosquito bites on dogs and cats as animals are also attractive to mosquitoes.
In this mosquito season, you’re likely to be bitten by mosquitoes, which is why need to take the right measures to reduce the risk associated with mosquito-borne diseases bites, and thus lower your chances of getting bitten.
Instead of wasting your money on useless mosquito-repellent sprays and expensive anti-mosquito bracelets; you can either use chemical-free home remedies or even better, bite a mosquito back by naturally protecting yourself from its bite in the first place.
- Get Rid of Standing Water
It’s widely known that mosquitoes breed in stagnant water in containers around the home. According to The Florida Department of Health, you should drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. Alternatively, you can treat it by using Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) which is a natural bacterium that contains spores that kill mosquito larvae and fungus gnat.
- Use a Natural Mosquito Repellent
Chemical-free home remedies are effective mosquitoes’ repellents, which are increasingly being used as natural alternatives for chemical sprays and other expensive solutions with unguaranteed results.
One good example of natural repellents is lavender oil. Indeed, mosquitoes can’t stand its smell and it’s easy to use. Simply, spray it inside your house and in the backyard. Alternatively, you can apply it to the exposed areas of your body like your feet and hands.
For more, check our article on natural mosquito repellents.
- Use an EPA-registered insect Repellent
Besides natural repellents, you can find some effective EPA-registered mosquito repellent products in the market, which are considered safe for children and pregnant women. These should include one of the following active ingredients: DEET, IR3535, Para-menthane-diol (PMD), Picaridin, 2-undecanone or Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE). The EPA says you should make sure to read the product label and offers some recommendations on how to use them.
When applying chemical repellents, make sure to avoid spraying them near your eyes or mouth and breathing them. Also, watch out for skin irritation.
- Wear light-colored clothing
Instead of totally covering up your skin with clothing, you can simply wear light-colored clothes. Indeed, several sources of evidence suggest that mosquitoes tend to prefer dark, red and other deep colors rather than light ones.
The best-case scenario remains to wear permethrin-treated clothing which is protective against both small and huge mosquito bites, but it’s not widely available in the U.S or just not practicable.
- Keep Your Yard Clean
It’s no surprise that mosquitoes are attracted by garbage and water containers, which is why you should take the right measures to maintain your yard’s hygiene and cleanliness. Hiring a cleaning company for such purpose is highly effective, but can be quite expensive for some.
So, to make your yard less appealing to mosquitoes make sure to regularly get rid of the accumulating garbage in the trash bin, keep the plants trimmed, get a quality air purifier, drain any stagnant water or pour coffee ground in it.