Are you doing enough to discourage them from existing!?!?
I’m sure they serve some ecological purpose–and I know, I know, they’re essential to creating theme parks centered around extinct organisms–but mosquitoes are my least favorite part of summer. Except for flies. And gnats. Flies and gnats! Ugh! Why can’t everything be a lightning bug!
Anyway, the American Mosquito Control Association (a real thing) wants you to keep three Ds in mind.
DRAIN! DRESS! DEFEND!
Which also could be good advice for wound care!
Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535
or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Here’s some more information on repellents. And what do they mean by water containers? Birdbaths, buckets, empty flower pots, the broken lid of your trash can…anything that is vessel-shaped and collects rainwater. That’s where mosquitoes turn into other mosquitoes, like Gremlins.
Here’s to a welt-free summer!