How to Not Attract Mosquitoes

Last time, we talked about effective ways to control the mosquito population in your yard. But what if you are not at your home? Here in Wisconsin, our summers mean enjoying the great outdoors. Soon people will be flocking to the lakes, their up north cabins, or camping with their friends and families. The one thing they all have in common is mosquitoes. No matter where you go in Wisconsin, mosquitoes will always be on the hunt. Luckily we have made a list of some helpful and effective ways to make you less attractive to these biting insects so you can enjoy Wisconsin outdoors in peace.

Avoid Dark Colors

If you are planning on spending the evening outdoors, you might want to consider what you’re wearing. Most people don’t realize that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. When dressing for mosquitoes, choose light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Mosquitoes can easily bite you through tight fitted clothing. Dark clothing also helps retain body heat, which makes you sweat. Mosquitoes can smell lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, and other compounds found in your sweat. This makes you even more of a target for hungry mosquitoes as they can sense heat and sweat for long distances.

Go Easy on Alcohol

What’s an outdoor barbecue or bonfire without beer? According to some studies, alcohol can increase your chances of being a target for mosquitoes. This is because alcohol increases the levels of ethanol in your sweat and increases your body temperature. So before you crack open that cold one make sure you understand the risks.

Being Pregnant Makes You a Target

According to scientific studies, pregnant women attract almost twice as many mosquitoes as their non-pregnant women. This has to do with how mosquitoes can detect slight changes in body temperature, sweat, and the CO2 we emit when we breathe. On average, a pregnant woman’s body temperature is 1.26 degrees higher, and they exhale 21% more carbon dioxide. 

Don’t Work Up a Sweat

Mosquitoes have highly sensitive sensors that make them able to target warm blooded animals. One of those sensors detects the lactic acid and CO2  we create when we sweat. So if you notice that mosquitoes seem to be biting you more often when you are playing horseshoes or volleyball, maybe it’s time to calm down and cool off. 

Use Unscented Beauty Products 

One of the many ways mosquitoes use to track us down is by smell. Many fragrances that can be found in lotions, shampoos, perfumes, colognes, and soaps can attract mosquitoes. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, such as going camping, opt for unscented beauty products to give you one more layer of protection against mosquitoes.

Use An Effective Repellent 

Repellents won’t kill mosquitoes, but they will make them think twice before biting you. Repellents work by blocking your natural scents by using scents that mosquitoes can’t stand. The most effective mosquito repelling products recommended by the Center for Disease Control are repellents that contain DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and picaridin.

Natural Mosquito Repellents

With all-natural and environmentally friendly remedies on the rise, many people choose to use products that naturally repel mosquitoes. One of the most common natural scents that can be found in mosquito candles and tiki torch oils is citronella. Citronella is just one of the many natural oils that mosquitoes cannot stand. Other natural mosquito repellents include:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Catnip
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Marigold
  • Neem
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Call The Mosquito Control Experts

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor summer plans this year. Take control of your yard with mosquito control services from Buzz Off Mosquito Control Solutions. We offer a variety of pest control services, including mosquito, fly, and flea & tick control services. We provide our mosquito control program to both residential and commercial customers.

Give us a call at (715) 281-3289 or send us a short message here. Don’t forget to follow our monthly blog for the best mosquito control tips in Wisconsin.

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