Most people think that mosquitoes are active only during the summer, but the truth is that, if the fall is warm enough, they might still be around for the majority of the autumn season. And although, mosquito-free state is really hard to achieve, there are multiple things you can do in order to not only avoid mosquitoes but to also get rid of most of them, so you can spend the fall time, not being bothered by mosquitoes.
As weird as it might seem, in the early fall mosquitoes tend to be even more active than they are in the summer, because in the fall the weather is cooler although still warm and the mosquitoes can go hunting for their targets day and night. On top of that is has been observed that in the autumn mosquitoes might even bite humans more, since they are hungrier and more blood thirsty. And with all the Zika virus and other mosquito-disease threats, that don’t seem to settle even though the summer is ending, it might be smart to keep on avoiding mosquito bites and combating mosquitoes. So if you need a little fall appropriate refresher as to how you can do that, then keep on reading.
Fall is the perfect time for you to really step up your mosquito bite preventing clothing game, since the weather is cooler either way and you will most likely be wearing more layers. Clothing layers can be a great way how to distance yourself from the mosquitoes and prevent them from biting you and infecting you with one of the many diseases they carry. Just make sure that not only you are covering your skin, by having as less of exposed skin as possible, but that you also are wearing fabrics that aren’t mosquito-friendly. Thicker fabrics like leather, woven nylon, polyester will be great, since it is virtually impossible for a mosquito to poke their proboscis through these fabrics and get to your skin. And also if you will be wearing the clothing made of these fabrics and your clothes will be in lighter colors then it will be an additional bonus since mosquitoes prefer dark-colored clothing clad people.
The next step in protecting yourself from mosquitoes during fall is to always use some type of mosquito spray, because that will ensure that the mosquitoes cannot find you and therefore cannot bite you. Mosquito repellents essentially work like invisibility cloaks for mosquito senses, because they mask us from all the ways mosquitoes senses us, and if they cannot see us, they also cannot bite us. As for what type repellent you should be using, that really is up to you, just make sure that if you use one that contains DEET then you should use one that has around 20% DEET concentration, but if you use natural bug spray then look for one that contains lemon eucalyptus oil. On top of that don’t forget to reapply the repellent every few hours, since most mosquito sprays usually don’t last longer than 1 to 2 hours, and you should be set in terms of mosquito protection.
And the last thing you can do to have an even bigger assurance, that you won’t get mosquito bites, is to employ a method of mosquito control in your backyard. We usually associate fall with colder weather and therefor spending the majority of our time indoors, however early fall is the perfect time for backyard bonfires and barbecues, since the temperatures aren’t scorching hot anymore but aren’t uncomfortably cold either. So you can do a couple of different things to make sure that mosquitoes aren’t bothering you. Firstly, you can use a mosquito fogger to spray your backyard with insecticide, that will keep the mosquitoes away for a longer time period. Just make sure that you thoroughly fog the perimeter of your backyard, so the mosquitoes keep away from your yard. On top of that things like dumping and turning over all the reservoirs that might collect rain water might be a good idea, because this way you will prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the close proximity to your backyard, as well as clearing out your rain gutters from leaves will also prevent mosquito breeding there and therefore there will be less mosquitoes for you to repel. Hope there fall mosquito protection and control tips help you in the fight against mosquitoes and you can enjoy the fall season without itchy mosquito bites.