How to Deter Mosquitoes Around Your Home

When warm weather hits, everyone wants to be outside. Unfortunately, part of all those warm-weather festivities is uninvited guests of the blood-sucking variety: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can be a pain, and so is the bug spray you must douse yourself with to keep them at bay. 

To further deter mosquitoes from putting a damper on your outdoor fun, here are several anti-mosquito tactics you can employ. 

1. Get to Planting

Certain plants are said to deter mosquitoes naturally. Rosemary, marigolds, mint, basil, catnip, lemon balm, and lavender can be easily planted in containers or directly in the ground in areas where you and your family spend the most time outdoors. 

One advantage of planting these odious plants is that many of them can be used in cooking, too. 

2. Invite Natural Enemies

Many bird species love to eat mosquitoes, so make your yard as inviting as possible to these natural enemies. Plant plants that provide seeds and fruits such as marigolds, daisies, sunflowers, cornflowers, asters, purple coneflowers, and black-eyed Susans to attract birds to your yard, and place bird feeders, birdbaths, and birdhouses around the area as well. 

3. Know What Attracts the Little Monsters

Certain factors could attract mosquitoes. For example, some people run hotter than others, which means their blood runs closer to the surface of the skin. This makes for an easy meal for the little monsters. Another interesting fact is that the more alcohol you drink, the more mosquitoes are attracted to you. Lastly, people with type O blood are twice as likely to be bit by mosquitoes than people with type A blood. 

4. Keep the Air Moving

Wind makes it difficult for mosquitoes to fly, which is why they stay close to the ground and less annoying on windy days. You can create your own breeze by installing ceiling fans on your porch or placing a sturdy fan where you’ll be sitting. 

5. Choose Clothing Colors Wisely

Many experts agree that light colors are better at deterring mosquitoes than dark ones. Whether the lighter shades actually camouflage you or they simply don’t like them, it’s smart to cover your skin in light-colored, airy fabrics to keep mosquito bites to a minimum. 

6. Avoid High-Bite Times

While it’s difficult to avoid mosquitoes altogether, you can minimize their impact on your event with strategic scheduling. Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, so try to stay indoors during these times. 

Mosquitoes can be a pain during warm-weather months, that is for sure. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize their impact on your outdoor fun. Follow the guidelines listed above to make your outdoor time more pleasurable with less mosquito interruption.