Another weekend has come and gone and my friendly outdoor BBQ was forced to go inside due to the uninvited guests! Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, but they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. Lots of rain this July, not sure if that’s impacting or not but check out below some tips to help minimize exposure and risk and hopefully enjoy a little of the outdoors.
- Watch out for standing water. That is where they breed. Fish and frogs are helpful!
- Use natural repellents.
- Mosquito Magnets or mosquito traps work well.
- Include easy-to-grow mosquito-repelling plants in your Yard like Citronella, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Marigolds, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Garlic, Rosemary, Geraniums, Lantana.
- Keep your grass short.
- Fans that circulate air everywhere work well.
- Elevation works wonders. Mosquitoes generally fly below 25ft, so an elevated roof deck can be a safe place.
- Cover up: the less exposed your skin, the lesser chance of being bitten.
- *Mosquitoes are attracted to potassium, salt, and lactic acid released by your body, so it helps to avoid salty and potassium rich foods like bananas, avocados, and dried fruit.
- Fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Floral scents are especially attractive.
- Those with type 'o' blood are more likely to attract mosquitoes.
- They are drawn to dark colored clothing.
- Sweat - especially alcohol related - draws them in too.