Mosquitoes – they are the most vicious insects out there, because they bite, they annoy, they irritate. But unfortunately they also are everywhere, which means that we need to somehow stand them or just learn how to repel them, so that they don’t annoy us. That’s why this summer survival guide will show you how to make your summer more enjoyable by learning how to keep the mosquitoes away.
First things first: a little background about mosquitoes. There are about 3,000 to 3,500 known mosquito species in the world which means that in each place there are different mosquitoes. But nevertheless all mosquitoes tend to be the most active at dusk and dawn which means that those are the times when it is best to use some kind of mosquito repellent to keep the mosquitoes away or just avoid being outdoors at these times. But at the same time dusk and dawn will also be the best time to use mosquito control methods to eliminate them from your area all together.
Another useful thing to know is that mosquito breeding grounds are standing water of all sorts, meaning that any standing water in your area will only promote mosquito breeding. So it is important to make sure that you eliminate as much standing water as you can from your area. Any buckets, tires or other basins that could hold water needs to be emptied out. This will make sure that after you treat your area from mosquitoes they won’t continue to breed which would make your mosquito control efforts useless.
A method that probably is the most effective in mosquito control is to fog your area and its perimeter with a mosquito fogger. Mosquito fogger is a device that turns insecticide into spray or smoke form, and then you can use this fog to efficiently disperse the insecticide all over your area. It will kill the mosquitoes upon contact and later repel them from the area for you to be able to enjoy your time without them. The great thing about mosquito foggers is that after you spray your area with the insecticide laced fog you only need to wait a couple of minutes for the fog to settle. Once that is done you can spend time in your area free of mosquitoes. After first foggings the effect will last for a couple of hours, but later after multiple and regular fogging the insecticide will continue to work for a couple of days. For more information read our best mosquito foggers article.
The next thing to know about mosquitoes is that only female mosquitoes bite humans. Mosquito males are harmless to us. But still the female mosquitoes can do a lot of damage, because most of the time mosquito bites itch and are painful. The best natural remedies for mosquito bites are Aloe Vera, tea tree oil, chamomile and lavender, but there are some store-bought options, for example Vicks VapoRub or even Listerine.
But if you want to use something that would repel the mosquitoes away from you, then you should consider using some kind of mosquito repellent. The most popular are those that are based on DEET, however that is not the most natural option. For natural mosquito repellents you can try different oil combinations with citronella, lavender and peppermint oils. But if you don’t really care about natural then try those repellents that have reasonable DEET percentage.
Another concern when talking about mosquitoes is mosquito-borne diseases, that have become quite common in many parts of the world. The most popular diseases are malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. Because many of these diseases don’t offer vaccination against them, the best way how to avoid them is to protect yourself from mosquitoes all together. Best way to do it is with previously mentioned mosquito repellents. But just to be sure I would recommend wearing light colored clothes and clothes that are of longer length, covering your arms and legs, because dark clothing and bare skin attracts mosquitoes.
Hope this survival guide will help you avoid mosquitoes and enjoy your summer even more.