As much as we love being outdoors, mosquitos can put a serious damper on any fun experience. Not only do they cause itchy bites, but they are also carriers of diseases like West Nile and Zika. While you can’t completely eradicate them, there are ways to avoid mosquito bites altogether. Here are Wagner Pest Solutions‘ top recommendations for doing just that.
1. Use Repellent
The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is by using insect repellent. Look for products that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. These ingredients have been proven to be most effective in deterring mosquitos. Apply it to any exposed skin and reapply as needed throughout the day. You can also use plants like lavender and rosemary around your property to repel mosquitos even more.
2. Wear Protective Clothing
If you are outdoors during peak mosquito activity, which is usually dawn and dusk, consider wearing protective clothing. This can include long-sleeved shirts, pants, and even a hat. Mosquitos are also attracted to dark colors, so wear light-colored clothing, even if you plan on lounging by the fire. They’re even attracted to the sweat on your skin, so any layer of protection is a good idea.
3. Install Screens
Keep mosquitos out of your home by installing screens on all windows and doors. Look for fine mesh designs that don’t allow for even the smallest of biters through. It’s also important to regularly check and repair any holes or tears in your home’s screens. Furthermore, if you have a porch or outdoor area, consider installing a screened enclosure to keep mosquitos away while you enjoy the outdoors.
Invest in Your Home’s Pest Control
Mosquitos are, no doubt, a nuisance for homeowners throughout Phoenix, AZ. But Wagner Pest Solutions can help you get rid of them! So, when you’ve done all you can to avoid mosquito bites, contact us at (623) 466-6752. We’ll also take care of those pesky scorpions and bees to help make your backyard experience more enjoyable.