Mosquito Menace

Texas has had a nice rainy spring, making everything green and lush. 

But all that water also means another sign of spring: mosquitoes. These mini menaces can ruin everything from a ballgame to an outdoor picnic and even follow you into the house and bite you in your sleep. I once caught six of them hanging out in my shower, which is just evil.

Get a jump on these flying nuisances and plan for fewer bites this summer.

Here’s The Plan:

  • Walk your yard and dump out any standing water. Put away buckets, toys, tires, gutters, pots, pool covers, anything that will hold water and give the pests a place to procreate.
  • Put mosquito dunks (kill mosquito larva) in drains, ponds or anywhere water will stand. Make sure your ponds have koi, goldfish, or minnows – they will chow down on mosquito larva.
  • Keep chlorine in your pools or hot tubs, and dump out fountains, birdbaths, or wading pools at least once a week and brush the sides to get rid of the larva.
  • Build a bat house. These night feeders can wipe out up to 8,000 mosquitoes a night.
  • Turn on the fans and blow the little bloodsuckers away.
  • Wear a natural or DEET-containing mosquito spray when you go outside.
  • Wear light-colored clothes. Mosquitoes are attracted to black, blue, red, and heat.
  • Don’t wear perfume and scented body lotions. They like it.

Yard Tips:

  • Plant mosquito repellent shrubs, herbs, and flowers. Go for lemongrass or citronella grass, lavender, catnip and mint (put these in a pot so they don’t take over), basil, scented geraniums, and allium. 
  • Plant rosemary and sage, then toss some on the barbecue or in the fire pit to ward off mosquitoes.
  • Prune hedges and mow your lawn to give them fewer places to hang out in the shade.
  • Change your light bulbs. Mosquitoes aren’t as attracted to LED, yellow bug lights, and sodium lights.

If you do get bit by a mosquito, don’t scratch! Wash the area with soap and water, put ice on it to reduce swelling, and apply an over-the-counter anti-itch or antihistamine cream.

By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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