Summer is here in the south, and we can’t wait to start enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. Unfortunately, nature also offers biting, annoying, disease-carrying mosquitoes that can ruin any party or camping trip we had planned. Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself and still enjoy all the outdoors has to offer without fear of getting bitten. Here are some tips for a mosquito-free summer.
The pleasant-smelling products we use in our deodorants, colognes, perfumes, and lotions may keep us smelling good, making us more appealing to mosquitoes. Here’s a pro tip: avoid using heavy fragrances and instead switch to unscented products to give mosquitoes one less reason to come near you.
When you venture outside for a bonfire or a hike, don’t just dress for the weather. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, and other compounds found in our sweat. Wearing darker colors can make you more attractive to hungry mosquitoes. Instead, choose outfits that are loose and light-colored.
Mosquito repellants have always shown to be effective against mosquitoes, but you need to make sure you are using the right products. The CDC recommends EPA approved products that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
A good rule of thumb is that if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes. It takes as little as a teaspoon of water for an everyday object to become a mosquito nursery.
At TruGreen, we can help you take control of your yard back from annoying mosquitoes. With our mosquito control program, you can sign up for monthly treatments or one-time applications for special events like graduations, weddings, and other celebrations.
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