Those tiny villains of summer.
Are we all starting to suspect that mosquitos have a secret club, where they compare notes on which us, and which of our limbs, are most delicious?
Well, fear no more! Grab your goggles because we’re diving head-first into the world of mosquito prevention, it’s time to take revenge on these miniature bloodsuckers once and for all and reclaim our outdoor spaces, our sleep, and our sanity! But first, I feel its important to know the enemy, so lets start off with a few lesser known mosquito facts:
1. Mosquitoes have a preferred blood type: Studies have shown that mosquitoes are more attracted to people with type O blood compared to other blood types such as A and B.
2. Mosquitoes have a preferred time to bite: Most mosquitoes are more active during dawn and dusk. This is when they are most likely to bite as they are attracted to the warm, humid conditions during these periods.
3. Their buzzing sound is a mating call: The characteristic buzz we hear from mosquitoes is actually a mating call produced by their wings. Males and females communicate with each other through specific wing beats.
4. They are attracted to human breath: Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide, which is released when we exhale. They can detect even small amounts of carbon dioxide from a considerable distance away.
With that said and done, lets explore the range of preventative measures you never knew existed!
Wear it Like You Mean It – Fashionably Yours
Did you know that mosquitoes are extremely picky dressers? Well, maybe not in the way we’d expect. Those little buggers are attracted to dark colors, particularly blacks and blues, because apparently, they have a superb fashion sense! So, if you’re planning to spend time outdoors during mosquito season, perhaps ditch the LBD (little black dress) for something a bit brighter.
The sound of music
What if mosquitoes could have their own soundtrack? Well, it seems they prefer the sound of silence! These pesky insects detest the noise produced by fans, making them a simple and effective deterrent. So, my dear readers, grab your electric fans and let them sing you sweet lullabies at night while simultaneously keeping those mosquitoes at bay. You’ll wake up both well-rested and victorious!
Smoke ‘Em Out – Naturally
No, we aren’t suggesting starting a campfire in your living room (definitely not!). However, it turns out that certain plants possess natural mosquito-repellent properties. The delightful aroma of lemon-scented plants such as lavender, lemongrass, and citronella can make mosquitoes cringe and scatter. So, let’s embrace these botanical defenders and sprinkle them around our homes, gardens, and outdoor seating areas. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy the soothing scent of lavender, am I right?
Did you know mosquitoes have a sour relationship with citrus? Squeeze a few lemons, limes, or oranges, and harness their anti-mosquito powers! Spritzing a bit of citrus juice or rubbing a slice directly on your skin can help keep these bloodsuckers at bay. Just a little tip: refrain from adding tequila and salt, as this might attract the party mosquitoes.
Remember, dear readers, in this mosquito-deterrent journey, we are armed with knowledge, humor, and a touch of sarcasm. While mosquitoes may be resilient adversaries, we can outsmart them if we strive to be just a bit smarter. Experiment with different repellents, try out these guaranteed techniques, and don’t let the buzz bring you down.
Here’s to happy mosquito-free days ahead!