If you’re into outdoor activities such as camping or hiking, you might have experienced your fair share of insect bites. Most commonly, mosquito bites seem to be the most prevalent among all insect bites. This is because mosquitoes can breed extremely quickly and they can track you down through the heat that you emit from your body as well as a couple of other body secretions, which cannot be avoided in any event.
The only way you can prevent mosquitoes from attacking you would be to stop them from finding you in the first place. Because mosquitoes (female ones anyway) track you using their antennae, by keeping yourself cool and taking care of what you’re eating the few days before your outdoor event, you can actually prevent yourself from being the victim of such bites. Nonetheless, we understand that this is simply not practical at all times. As such, the best ways to prevent or repel mosquitoes would be to use a device or system that can attract and kill off the mosquitoes around you.
Insect trappers can often be used specifically for mosquitoes too. Because mosquitoes are attracted to heat and lactic acid, these devices have been made to emit just the right scents and heat to attract the mosquitoes into its vicinity. Once they get close enough, these devices will simply zap the mosquitoes to death. Electric zappers are extremely effective though they run the risk of killing other larger bugs as well. This cannot be avoided but the sound that each zap produces can be annoying at times, especially in areas where insects are abundant. You’ll practically be hearing a zap every couple of seconds, which might not be ideal if you’re trying to sleep with this device nearby.
Alternatively, mosquito repellents are available in many different types and brands. The most widely used type of mosquito repellent will almost certainly contain DEET, which is essentially a powerful chemical that distorts the tracking ability of mosquitoes. When applied to your skin, you’ll find that the mosquitoes will simply fly around the area without landing on you because they simply don’t know that you’re there. Another recommended product that you might be interested in if you’re into natural products would be lemon eucalyptus since this has the ability to repel mosquitoes too. The debate on DEET vs lemon eucalyptus repellents has been going on since a very long time ago, but both really work just as well as the other.
While its effectiveness is severely reduced though, lemon eucalyptus repellents tend to have fewer side effects too. It is actually a lot safer to use if you have children or pets around. Although these aren’t exactly preventative methods, they are very effective for those who’re traveling or those who often leave home during the dusk or night time.
If it’s your home or your yard you’re looking to rid mosquitoes of, then you should probably start by destroying any sources of stagnant water. Water sources including swimming pools can actually be ideal spots for mosquitoes to breed in. Even if it rains often in your area, mosquito eggs can be hatched into their larvae within just a few days, so it’ll be hard to control the mosquito population without some additional effort. There are specific chemicals that can be safely applied to swimming pools or other water sources like ponds or small lakes if you prefer that route. The best way of course would be to simply avoid keeping such water features around your house!