Summer is almost here. Time for picnics, hikes, and mosquito bites. While all the outdoor activities are fun, the mosquito bites aren't. Not only do the bites cause painful irritation and itching, they can also cause serious health problems like West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and Malaria. To protect yourself, you need to make sure you and your yard are ready for summer. Here are four simple ways to keep mosquitoes away.
Make Your Own Mosquito Repellant
One of the easiest ways to keep mosquitoes off you, is to apply repellant. However, you don't necessarily want to rub chemicals on your body each time you go outside. You can achieve full-body protection by making your own mosquito repellant.
Supplies You'll Need
- Plastic spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Witch hazel
- Fill your spray bottle with equal parts water and witch hazel.
- Add 30 drops each of the essential oils.
- Shake to combine the ingredients.
- Apply a generous amount to your body and rub it in to your skin.
- Reapply after swimming or heavy sweating.
Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
If you're going to be spending a lot of time in your yard this summer, you want to make sure that it's been mosquito-proofed. There are several things you can do to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
Choose the Right Plants
Many plants are natural mosquito repellants. By choosing these plants for your yard, you can help keep the pests away. Some plants to consider include marigolds, catnip, lemongrass and mint. Growing these plants throughout your yard will provide maximum protection from mosquitoes.
If you don't have at least one fan in your yard, your arsenal against mosquitoes isn't complete. Mosquitoes are attracted to the air flow from the fans. Unfortunately for them, once they're close enough to the airflow, they get sucked in and die. Get rid of the mosquitoes by installing fans on your patio.
Eliminate Standing Water
Take a look around your yard. If you see standing water, you need to get rid of it. That includes minor leaks around your water spigots. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, which means those puddles in your yard are an open invitation to all the mosquitoes in the neighborhood.
The information provided here will help you get a handle on mosquitoes this summer. If your attempts to get rid of the pests are falling short, it might be time find more info from pest control professionals. Have an exterminator come out to your home as soon as possible. They'll be able to identify the problem areas that are inviting mosquitoes into your yard.