We love to get outside and go on adventures...right! That is until the mosquitos get to be so bad that we just want to get inside away from them! The bites, the buzzing and the constant swatting. The worst. Here are some tips and items to help with keeping the mosquitos at bay.
Suggestions from the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Remove Mosquito Habitats
- Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
- Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
- Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
- Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
Avoid Getting Bitten
- Keep mosquitoes away from exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
- Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.
- Stay indoors when possible, especially if there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect.
- Use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.
- Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations, such as salt marshes.
- Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.
Janky Gear Staff Suggestions
- Bug repellent clothing - Insect Sheild permethrin treated clothing offers built-in bug protection. It’s EPA-registered and approved for use by the whole family, without restrictions. Get long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects that can carry dangerous diseases.
- Bug repellent bracelets - the ones that look like they are from the 90s! Yeah those ones.
- Bug spray - there are so many kinds of sprays - find what works for you and your family.
- OFF! brand, Homemade, this list could go on for days!
- Citronella Candles - they smell good to, so that a bonus.
- Thermacell - great to have with you while walking, sitting around the campsite or patio, anytime outside! Easy to use and does a good job of keeping the bugs away.
- Bug Zappers - you know the tennis racket looking ones! Those are just fun to play with.
- Bug Head Nets - netting that goes over your head, best in combination with a brimmed hat to keep it away from your face.
- Original Bug Shirt - Highly recommended by Ally (Janky Gear Staff Member). "This shirt comes out on almost every adventure. As the bugs get bad I can just put this on. It is breathable but yet keeps the mosquitos off of you. And the full head zip is the best part.