Because of their biting tendencies, mosquitoes can be a big problem in the summer. Besides leaving itching, annoying bites, they can also transmit serious diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. The best way to avoid mosquito bites this summer is to repel them. Here are some of our favorite mosquito repellent tips:
- Get rid of conditions that allow them to thrive. Declutter your outdoor spaces and maintain your landscaping. This gets rid of places mosquitoes take shelter during the day. Eliminate standing water to get rid of breeding sites. Try mosquito dunks for any standing water you can’t get rid of (small ponds, bird baths, etc.). These are small, dissolvable tablets that contain bacteria that eliminates mosquito larvae. Include plants that are known to repel mosquitoes in your landscaping, such as lavender, mint, lemongrass, basil, rosemary, marigolds, chrysanthemums, geraniums, and petunias.
- Use repellents when outdoors. When spending time outdoors, cover your arms and legs with long sleeves and long pants that are tucked into your socks. Use EPA approved repellent products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. You can also use fans when outdoors to help keep them away. Install netting, tents, or screens around your outdoor dining and seating areas. You can also try DIY essential oils for repellents.
- Invest in professional mosquito control. Mosquito season runs from spring to early fall. A professional mosquito treatment could greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property. Contact your local pest control company for an evaluation to see if this is right for you.