I am one of the lucky ones that mosquitoes usually seem to stay away from. If there is an infestation of them, of course everyone gets bitten. What happens is that we either go inside or go home because it is too unpleasant.
It appears that some skins attract mosquitos more than others.
Not only is it unpleasant, it can be a danger to your health. As you know some people contract Ross River fever, West Nile Virus, Malaria as a result from a bite.
Here are some of the suggestions to help avoid getting bitten.
1. Remove any sources of stagnant standing water from around your home. Mosquitoes love standing water and use it as a breeding ground. Even a small planter pot that has been left outside and filled up with rain water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes, so get rid of it.
2. Mosquitos are attracted to dark colors especially red and violet. Lighter colored garments are
3. Wear long-sleeved garment and trousers. In Texas where I live, that could be a bit uncomfortable because of the heat. If you are swimming in the pool then you could wear a long garment when you got out of the pool, that would give you some protection. But if they really want to get at you, they usually bite through the garment.
4. Stay indoors at dawn and dusk, that is the worst time of the day for mosquitoes.
5. They appear to be attracted to sweet skin, so avoiding alcohol is advisable as it can boost the sugar content of your sweat.
6. Light a mosquito coil some time before you sit outside as the mosquitos are less likely to be attracted to the area. I have found that quite successful.
7. Get a mosquito net Tent. You can buy them from a Camping shop, so you can sit outside and entertain and not be bothered by the little pests.
8. Burn citronella candles around your house when you are outside at night. Mosquitoes hate citronella. Make sure you create a ring of lit citronella candles around wherever it is you are planning to be when you are outside.
9. Lemon Eucalyptus oil diluted in water (5 drops to a cup) and spray on your skin, it will help.
10. Apparently fabric softener dryer sheets pinned to your clothes has a repelling effect.
11. Catnip, Rosemary and marigolds are not a favorite of mosquitos. So when planting your garden have those plants in mind and have them scattered around the outside of the house.
12.One way to keep Mosquitoes away from your deck or outdoor activity area is to spray Listerine around the perimeter. Mosquitoes hate the smell and will stay way.
13. Mosquitos are attracted to perspiration, heat, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid. All of these are produced after exercising, so avoid outdoor exercise during peak mosquito hours (at dawn and dusk). Our bodies also release lactic acid after eating bananas (or other potassium-rich foods) and salty foods
14. Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around your home
15. Of course the obvious apply insect repellant before you go outdoors. Once bitten it can get very itchy and annoying.
For more information on the subject Dr. Paskewitz and her team at the University of Wisconsin have developed a website about the subject: http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/mosquitosite/
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