Just as the sweet song of birds marks the beginning of spring, the song of mosquitoes marks the beginning of summer. It isn’t that mosquitoes aren’t out in the spring. It is more a matter of numbers. The more mosquitoes in the air, the more chance you’ll hear their beautiful song. It goes a little something like this: “Bzzzzzzzzz. Bzz. bzzzzzzzzz.” Lovely, isn’t it? What? You’re not a fan? I have good news for you, then. Here are some tips to keep mosquitoes from targeting you this summer.
Tip #1: Don’t exercise, drink a soda, lay in your backyard in black clothing, especially if you’re pregnant. Sound specific? Well, this actually covers most of us.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to people who have just stopped exercising because the temperature of their body is warmer, and mosquitoes prefer warm blooded animals. The warmer the animal, the more chance the blood in that animal is pumping hard. Mosquitoes like this because they can get a quick meal and make their getaway.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide. CO2 emission usually means a warm-blooded animal is around. Pregnant ladies are especially attractive to mosquitoes because it takes a lot of effort to get around with a baby in your belly. That makes your skin warmer and your CO2 emissions more plentiful.
- Drinking soda will increase lactic acid excretion in your skin, and mosquitoes will love you for it. If you don’t want to be bitten, stop being so sweet.
- There is nothing a mosquito likes more than when something that was moving decides to lay down. Though this insect is drawn to movement, it is much easier to bite something that isn’t moving. It is important to note that moving your arms and legs will keep mosquitoes from biting you in those places, but you’ll be flagging down the other 100 mosquitoes that hadn’t considered you to be lunch yet.
- Mosquitoes try to stay low to the ground and use the horizon to detect targets in front of them. If you’re wearing light clothing, you will be harder for them to attack. People dressed in dark colors will be targeted first because they have more contrast with their background.
Tip #2: Protect yourself.
- Get rid of standing water in your yard and around your home.
- Empty water in birdbaths every day.
- Make sure you have no gutters that are obstructed.
- Stay inside screened areas.
- Use fans outside on your deck. You don’t have to wait till there is a breeze. Make your own.
- Get regular mosquito treatments on your lawn.
- Cover up when you go out. Thicker shirts offer better protection for your back.
- Remember that more mosquitoes are out after the heat of the day has passed.
If you’re trusting your family’s safety to mosquito spray and tiki torches, you may want to re-evaluate your game plan. Preemptive protection is the best way to reduce the number of mosquitoes serenading you with their summer song. Contact ChemTec Pest Control for effective mosquito treatments this summer!