Mosquitoes are nasty little buggers – and not just because they’re annoying and cause irritating bites.
Mosquitoes are especially awful because they transmit diseases like chikungunya, dengue, encephalitis, filariasis, malaria, West Nile virus, and yellow fever.
It’s important to repel them. I’ve written a new eBook, Repelled, where I’ve shared many mosquito repellent tips, including plants, essential oils, and 7 homemade repellent recipes my family has tried. (Download it today for $1.99.)
It’s also important to prevent mosquitoes – if you don’t have as many mosquitoes buzzing around, you’ll reduce your chances of getting eaten alive.
Here are six safe and simple ways to prevent mosquitoes:
1. Eliminate standing water. If you have any outdoor spaces, be sure to check your bird baths, buckets, gutters, kids’ toys, old tires, pet bowls, planter saucers, recycling bins, swimming pool covers, tarps, or wheelbarrows.
2. Keep your grass trimmed. And whack your weeds!
3. Try to be as artificially unscented as possible. Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of perfume, sunscreens and fabric softener.
4. Stay in a breeze or close to a fan, if possible.
5. Avoid using incandescent lights and candlelight at night.
6. Wear light-colored clothing. (Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.)
How do you prevent mosquitoes?
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