Mosquitoes: A Summer Survival Guide

Mosquitoes are the most vicious insects out there. They bite, annoy, and irritate us. But, unfortunately, they’re also everywhere, which means that we need to somehow endure or repel them. That’s why we’ve written this summer survival guide: to show you how to make your summer more enjoyable by learning how to keep the mosquitoes away.

First things first. You’ll need a little background about mosquitoes.

Only female mosquitoes bite humans

There are 3000+ species of mosquito in the world. From those, the male mosquitoes are harmless to us. Female mosquitoes can still do a lot of damage, though. Most mosquito bites itch and are painful.

Another big concern when talking about mosquitoes is mosquito-borne diseases

These have become quite common in many parts of the world. Among the most well-known of these diseases are malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever. Because many of these diseases don’t have vaccinations, the best way to avoid them is by protecting yourself from mosquitoes altogether.

To protect yourself, mosquito repellents are the best option. But, just to be sure, we would also recommend wearing light-colored clothing that covers your arms and legs. Both dark clothing and bare skin attract mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes tend to be the most active at dusk and dawn

This means that these are the best times to use some kind of mosquito repellent to keep the mosquitoes away. You could also simply avoid being outdoors at these times. At the same time, dusk and dawn are also the best times to use mosquito control methods to completely eliminate the pests from your yard.

Mosquitoes breed in all kinds of standing water

Any standing water will only promote mosquito breeding. So, it’s important to make sure that you get rid of as much standing water from your yard as you can. You need to empty any buckets, tires, or other containers that could hold water. This will ensure that mosquitoes won’t continue to breed in your yard after treatment, which would make your mosquito control efforts useless.

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The most effective method of mosquito control is fogging

A mosquito fogger is a device that turns insecticide into a spray or smoke. You can use this fog to efficiently disperse the insecticide all over your yard. It will kill the mosquitoes on contact to allow you to be able to enjoy your time outdoors worry-free.

The great thing about mosquito foggers is that you only need to wait a couple of minutes after spraying for the fog to settle. After that, you can spend your time in the treated area with no mosquitoes. At first, the effect of fogging will last for a couple of hours. After regular and repeated fogging, the effects will continue to work for a couple of days. For more information, read our article on the best mosquito foggers.

There are great natural and chemical remedies on the market for mosquito bites

The best natural remedies for mosquito bites are aloe vera, tea tree oil, chamomile, and lavender. There are some excellent store-bought options out there such as Vicks VapoRub or even Listerine.

Aloe vera oil

To keep the mosquitoes away, you should consider using some kind of mosquito repellent

The most popular repellents use DEET, which isn’t the most natural option. For natural mosquito repellents, you can try different combinations of citronella, lavender, and peppermint oils. But if you don’t really care about using natural products, then you can try those repellents that have a reasonable percentage of DEET.

We hope this survival guide will help you avoid mosquitoes and enjoy your summer even more.

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