How To Prevent Mosquito Bites
Nothing can interfere with a good night’s sleep more effectively than the sound of a mosquito buzzing around your head. It doesn’t really matter if you are at home or camping, those pesky bugs can drive you insane and rob you of precious slumber.
With the approach of the warmer months you just know these annoying insects are coming too. Don’t let the threat of mosquito bites stop you from enjoying life and getting enough sleep. We’ve got the top tips to prevent mosquito bites so you can enjoy your summer nights in peace.
Use A Mosquito Repellant
If you’re a regular camper you should always have mosquito repellant in your hiking backpack. Simply apply a layer of repellant to any exposed skin before you crawl into your sleeping bag and sleep in peace. Night time barbecues at the beach or a friend’s house are also no go areas without this handy little product so get spraying.
Spray Your Sleeping Area
Even if you have a really good mosquito repellant, the sound of a mosquito buzzing around your bedroom or the inside of your large camping tent will still bother you enough to keep you awake. Before going to sleep, spray your room or tent with bug spray to terminate any mosquitos that have decided to move in. Just remember to let the area air out a little before you hit the sack so you’re not breathing in fumes at full strength. The fumes aren’t really harmful, but they don’t really smell that good either.
Keep The Mosquitos Out
The best way to prevent being bitten by mosquitos is to keep them from entering in the first place. Install mosquito nets in all the windows and doors of your house so you can let fresh air in and keep the bugs out. Similarly, buy a tent with a mosquito net for the same reason.
Ease Up On The Cologne
That extra splash of cologne you put on to attract the females is also attracting mosquitos. Stick to lighter scents if you’re going to an outdoor party or skip the fragrance all together if you’re out camping.
Wear Loose, Light Colored Clothing
In the middle of summer you don’t want to wear tight, cloying clothing anyway because it’s not really comfortable. Tight clothing will also increase your body temperature and make you sweat more which will make you a smelly target for mosquitos. Dark clothes will generally have the same effect as they tend to attract the heat of the sun, making your hotter and sweating more. Choose loose clothing in light colors and let the mosquitos choose another target.
Guzzle That Lemonade
Mosquitos don’t like the smell of lemons for some reason and you’ve probably noticed that many repellants are lemon scented. You can increase this lemony effect by drinking lots of old style lemonade. Just squeeze some lemon juice into your water and those insects will avoid landing on you.
Surround Yourself With Citronella
Citronella candles are cheap and very effective at keeping mosquitos at bay. Whether you are out camping, barbecuing or sitting at home, place some candles or oil burners around and light them up. Apart from keeping the mosquitos away, the soft light is great for some summertime ambience.
Rub Your Skin With Garlic
Garlic is another smell that mosquitos simply do not like so crush a few cloves of garlic and rub the juices on your skin. The mosquitos will avoid you and move on. You could also incorporate garlic into your meals and have the smell sweat out of you.
If you like to sit on your balcony or patio and watch the sun go down while you sip a cool drink, but you’re worried about a mosquito onslaught, plant some tomatoes in pots around your favorite outdoor area. The leaves of tomato plants emit a strong smell that these bugs don’t like. All you have to do is run your hand over the tomato leaves to release the smell and bye-bye bugs. The added bonus is an abundance of organic tomatoes to add to your summer salads.
Stay safe this summer and avoid mosquito bites with these top tips. By the way, squishing them works pretty well too.