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