A How To Guide To Avoid Mosquito Bites – Bad news in the world of mosquitoes – 2017 is supposed to be a banner year. What can you do to prevent mosquito bites in a year that should be the worst in recent memory? According to mosquito experts, the reason this year will be bad is a combination of this year’s weather and last year’s weather.
Last year was a drought year which meant not very optimum breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Record droughts in the US made sure standing water was minimal which is what these blood suckers need to reproduce.
So last year, whatever mosquitoes there were did what all skeeters do and laid as many eggs as possible hoping for prime conditions for them to hatch and procreate. Amazing things these mosquito eggs because they can overwinter and hang around until favorable conditions are present. That is what they have done.
A How To Guide To Avoid Mosquito Bites
Now we have ample rainfall to support not only this year’s crop of mosquitoes but also to accommodate last year’s eggs that have been patiently waiting. Basically, that means we will have double the eggs, double the adult mosquitoes searching for blood and many more opportunities for us to get mosquito bites. And those conditions can make the skeeter population grow exponentially. Bummer!
So what can you do to prevent mosquito bites? Do everything in your power to eliminate breeding opportunities.
Gutters that don’t drain, the base of flower pots, rainfall collected in children’s toys, the puddle on top of the grill cover, on top of the pile of bricks you haven’t managed to get rid of yet, etc. An amount of water as small as a tablespoon – the perfect amount in an upturned magnolia leaf – can breed dozens of these parasites to torture you. Your job is to diligently get rid of all standing water and do it each time it rains.
Or you could make it very easy for yourself and install some sort of mosquito control system through misting or irrigation. If that is the option you explore, make sure it is a safe, natural product that does not affect honey bees!
The best way to prevent mosquito bites, is to make sure mosquitoes don’t breed. If that is not easily accomplished, then a personal pest repellent is the key to prevent mosquito bites. There are many options available so be sure to choose something that is safe and natural – not a toxic chemical created in a chemistry lab. There are safe and green bug repellents available that work so take that route.