Mosquitoes are a summertime staple (unfortunately). While we can’t completely get rid of them, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk of getting bitten, and maximize your time spent outdoors.

1. Schedule outdoor activities around peak mosquito times, which is late afternoon and evening.

2. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing, so wearing loose, light-colored clothes can help prevent mosquito bites.

3. Use an insect repellent that’s labelled for mosquitoes. There are many options available now that are effective at repelling mosquitoes, even in natural formulations.

4. Buy citronella candles and place them around areas outside where your family spends the most time. While they won’t completely repel mosquitoes, they will have a mild effect, especially when combined with other efforts.

5. Set up fans in common areas, like decks and patios. Mosquitoes are weak fliers so this is a natural way to deter them.

6. Use GE yellow bug lights in outdoor fixtures. These don’t actually repel mosquitoes but won’t attract them like incandescent lighting will.

7. Eliminate any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water so it’s important to keep your yard free of anything that collects water – flower pots, toys, debris, containers, water features, etc. Drainage issues and clogged gutters can also create mosquito breeding sites, so correct issues immediately and keep gutters clean.

8. Still being bitten by mosquitoes? Contact a local exterminator that specializes in natural mosquito control solutions. A mosquito expert will inspect your property, identify areas of existing or potential breeding sites, and provide you with a monthly treatment plan that’s guaranteed to reduce mosquito populations and bites.

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