If the threat of mosquitoes is driving you indoors this summer, this is your guide to tackling those thirsty blood-suckers once and for all! Here are the Do's and Don'ts of mosquitoes: Do's:
- Avoid Peak Hours: Mosquitoes come out heavily at dawn and dusk. Being outside at these times is a recipe for getting bitten, so schedule your barbecue for before the sun goes down.
- Wear The Right Colours: In the daytime, mosquitoes use their vision to seek out food. Light, pastel colours are best because they don't stand out to a bug's eye. Darker colours are to be avoided in the prime sun hours.
- Watch Your Pulse: An elevated heart rate can attract more pests. The higher your heart rate, the more CO2 you produce and that is a magnet for bites. Exercising and drinking booze are both common outdoor summer activities, and can get your heart pounding.
- Wear Protectant: It may be a chemical-strength protectant like DEET, or a natural alternative, but keep yourself covered with what works for you.
- Cover Yourself In Mouthwash: It's true that ingredients found in mouthwash can be found in some bug repellents, but Listerine will not provide you the same protection.
- Buy Wearable DEET Accessories: These are not effective because DEET should be applied directly to your skin. A DEET wristband or anklet isn't a good source of protection at all.
- Buy Citronella Candles: They only work if they are very close to you, which could be dangerous. Even at that proximity, they are fairly lousy repellers.