Have you ever noticed that bug sprays and citronella candles seem to fall short when it comes to protecting you from mosquito bites? Nothing can send people running for cover at a summer gathering like a swarm of hungry mosquitoes. So today, we are going to help you learn how to avoid them—for real.
First, try not to entice mosquitoes in the first place. Sorry, but they’re not descending on you in droves simply because you’re so irresistible. They got there in the first place because the environment was alluring. Notice how mosquitoes are plentiful near lakes, ponds, and rivers? They like moisture, so minimize it around your home. Make sure buckets, wheelbarrows, gutters and tarps are kept in dry condition. If you find mosquitoes congregating around a moist area, douse them in vinegar to kill them off. Then, get rid of whatever was attracting them.
Next, start planting! That’s right—by cultivating the right plants in your yard, you will deter mosquitoes from entering your outdoor living space, simply because they don’t like the scent. We suggest planting rosemary, basil, garlic, or marigolds. Notice that some of these double as cooking spices. Use these plants as you would any other. Hang them, plant them in the ground—really, anything goes!
Finally, be sure to cut the lights. Rely on candles and the glow of a fire pit for light on buggy evenings. Most people look better when the lights are low, anyway!