Summer is quickly approaching! Those warm days and long nights allow us plenty of time to be outside. With that, however, comes exposure to summer’s most popular insect: mosquitoes. These nasty pests are not only a nuisance that can put a damper on any outdoor fun, but they can also carry deadly diseases such as West Nile Virus. Find out how you can keep these insects away from you and your family this summer!
Repellents & Sprays
There are countless bug repellents and sprays out there that can be used to protect yourself from insects, but you have to be careful with which ones you choose and how you use them. The bottom line is that these repellents and sprays contain chemicals, and if used excessively, aren’t good for humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s best to use repellents that are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This ensures that the repellent has been evaluated for any potential effects it can cause on the environment and people. It is also recommended to use repellents and sprays that contain DEET, since those are most effective in repelling mosquitoes. Use these repellents sparingly, however, and never put too much on bare skin. To read more about using insect repellents, along with some other ways to avoid mosquitoes, click here.
The All-Natural Route
If you aren’t so enthusiastic about using insect repellents and sprays for mosquito control, then don’t panic! There are other methods that you can use to protect yourself from mosquitoes. And believe it or not, but there are actually a handful of natural ways that you can protect yourself. Yes, natural. No chemicals at all. For start, there are certain plants that will repel mosquitoes. Marigolds, lemon grass, catnip, and garlic are just a few examples. These plants emit an odor that mosquitoes do not like and therefore, stay away from. Another method is to reduce any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in water, so by eliminating their breeding locations you won’t attract more of them. To read more about some natural methods of mosquito control, click here. For a quick list of natural methods, you can also check out this article.
Hopefully some of these methods can help you steer clear of mosquitoes this summer! Professional lawn care companies can also help with any bug control issues. Learn more details here. If you are considering hiring a professional service, download our free Hiring Guide! It will teach you how to decide what service is best for you. Click below now to get your free copy!