You probably only make use of insect repellents to protect yourself and your loved ones against mosquito bites but the following everyday things can also offer you good protection.
Mosquitoes hate smoke. All you need is a cardboard egg carton. Light the corner of it on fire, then place it somewhere safe and let it smoke. Next time you’re camping or settled around the fire pit, toss in a few herb branches, “like lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, and, of course, citronella” to keep the skeeters away.
Mosquitoes like standing water; and you probably know that a birdbath or a pond is a mosquito’s best friend. Same is applicable to a pet water bowl left out too long and the folds of a tarp that has collected water.
Look around your yard and get rid of any standing water. “Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tyres, buckets, toys, pools, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water and destroying the environment is the quickest preventive measure.
A Good Fan
When you’re sitting outside on a warm say with little or no wind, bring a fan outside and turn it on high. Mosquitoes are weak fliers and hate the breeze from a strong fan.
The best way to protect and defend yourself against mosquitoes is making sure they can’t get to your skin. Covering up is however not good enough, because the little buggers can get you through your clothes. As such, it is better to wear baggy shirts and pants. They will bite air and not you.
Mosquitoes enjoy a good time like every human out there and some studies have shown they often target beer drinkers. There’s possibly something different about the way alcoholics smell to a mosquito.
Mosquitoes are also keen on clammy and sweaty skin and alcohol tends to make people flush and makes their skin warmer.
Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing. Wear whites and pales and they’ll turn their proboscis away from you the next time they see you.
Herbs such as Lemon grass, basil, rosemary, mint that contain citrus can form the base of a pretty good meal and they can also destroy any mosquito around.
As a matter of fact, any plant in the citrus family is destructive for mosquitoes. The plant they really hate is lantana, which has a bitter, citrusy odour. A study by the science journal PLOS One had 231 families in Tanzania keep lantana plants, while 90 other families didn’t. At the end of the study, there were 50 percent fewer mosquitoes in houses that grew lantana.