Mosquitoes

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Only one thing has the power to spoil a perfect backyard BBQ or family vacation: mosquitoes. Constantly buzzing past ears and leaving impossibly itchy bites, mosquitoes drive most people crazy all summer long. Unfortunately, 85% of what attracts mosquitoes to a person has to do with genetics. However, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and prevent mosquito bites this summer. Read on to see what tips the professionals at proof. pest control have to offer.  

Wear Light-Colored Clothing 

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark-colored clothing as it stands out against the horizon. Blue and black items of clothing make a person an easy-to-spot target. Dark clothing also tends to retain more heat, which mosquitoes are also attracted to. To make yourself less of a target, try wearing light-colored clothing. White or khaki clothing items retain less heat and will make you harder to spot.  

Use Mosquito Repellent  

While mosquito repellents won’t eliminate mosquitoes or reduce the population, they will prevent mosquitoes from biting you. Like sunscreen, repellent should be re-applied multiple times throughout the day to keep mosquitoes away.  

Avoid Using Perfume  

Since mosquitoes feed off of nectar and are attracted to the scent of flowers, you definitely want to avoid wearing floral perfumes. This also goes for floral scented lotions, body sprays, shampoos, and conditioners.  

Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants in the Garden 

A natural way to prevent mosquito bites is by planting some mosquito-repelling plants.  

The following plants are known to repel mosquitoes

  • Citronella  

  • Lemon balm  

  • Peppermint  

  • Garlic 

  • Lavender  

  • Basil  

  • Rosemary  

  • Marigolds 

Not only will you have plenty of herbs in stock but you will also be effectively fighting off mosquitoes in your garden! 

Get Rid of Standing Water 

In order to breed, mosquitoes need a water source. Unfortunately for homeowners, even a water source as small as a birdbath or flowerpot is plenty for mosquitoes to expand their population quickly. Make sure to dump out water from flowerpots, buckets, rain gutters, old tires, and old cups.  

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake  

Research has shown that drinking even one beer can make you more attractive to mosquitoes and significantly increase your chances of being bitten. To avoid these unbearably itchy bites, experts recommend reducing your alcohol intake during summer.  

Stay Indoors during Dawn & Dusk 

While they feed all day long, dawn and dusk are prime mosquito feeding times. By staying inside during these times of day, you are significantly reducing your chances of exposure to mosquitoes.  

Call proof. for Expert Service 

Mosquitoes are arguably the most irritating pest around. Luckily, you can take back your summer with proof. pest control on your side. Our highly trained and fully certified service professionals are here to rid your property of mosquitoes and keep them away all summer long! Using eco-friendly products and thorough processes, our pest control team effectively targets and eliminates mosquitoes.  

Call (888) 658-5191 or send us a message online to learn more about our services.  

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