Mosquitoes can be a nuisance in the summertime. They can cause itchy bites and even transmit some diseases. Follow these tips to keep these critters from ruining your summer bbq.
1. Keep water away
Mosquitoes thrive on water especially lakes, flowerpots, and even toys that have been left out overnight and have created water residue. Pools are okay since they are chlorinated. Drain anything that has water in it to ensure that no mosquitos will be lingering. Also, keep your guests away from fresh water ponds and lakes.
2. Hire a pro to check hidden spots
Professionals can check gutters that have built up water in them. While you're at it, assess your window screens and replace any that are ripped, broken or not fitting properly — especially if you live in a humid southern state.
3. Make natural repellents
Citronella is a powerful plant that produces defensive chemicals if it feels that it has been harmed. If you have a mosquito problem, purchase some citronella plants and rough them up before your next BBQ.
4. Apply repellent and reapply when needed
A lotion or spray containing DEET (it's safe, even for kids, when used as directed), picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon or eucalyptus is your best bet for keeping mosquitoes away.
5. Make sure to cover your feet
Mosquitoes love moist, sweaty, and bacteria filled areas, which unfortunately make your feet a breeding ground. Apply bug spray or consider wearing high top sneakers.
Mosquitoes are annoying and sometimes harmful bugs that can be preventable. Following the easy tips listed above can make your BBQ more enjoyable.
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