5 Ways You Attract Mosquitoes Without Even Knowing
Perhaps the worst part of the beautiful, glorious, warm months is the horrible plague of the mosquitoes. You swat, you slap, and you itch. All. Summer. Long. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they can be dangerous too. Did you know mosquitoes actively carry and transmit Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, and Malaria? Yikes.
In order to protect yourself from mosquito-borne viruses, you first have to protect yourself from mosquitoes. The mosquito experts at Terminix Triad discuss five ways you might be attracting mosquitoes without even knowing.
1. You Dress in Dark Colors
Did you know dark clothing has been shown to attract mosquitoes more than light clothing? Blue is particularly attractive to mosquitoes!
Solution: Brightening up your wardrobe with some lighter colors will lessen the attraction of mosquitoes! Wearing tightly woven clothing can also help repel them. Materials like cotton and linen are usually worn in the summer for their cooling properties, but they just don’t cut it when it comes to mosquitoes. Clothing made of synthetic fibers are usually woven close enough to keep mosquitoes away!
2. You're Profusely Sweating
Mosquitoes are attracted to body odor and moisture. At times, both of these are near impossible to avoid in the hot summer months.
Solution: Try your best to keep sweat from settling and staying on your skin, and opt for moisture-wicking fabrics. You can also get an outdoor fan--mosquitoes struggle to fly in winds and it will keep you from sweating! That’s what we call a win-win. If your backyard is not particularly windy, opt for some outdoor fans!
3. You Have Standing Water Around
If you’ve got water outside, you are providing the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes! Make sure you don’t leave any standing water in your yard whatsoever.
Solution: Get rid of anything in which water can collect. Think pet bowls, bird baths, kiddy pools, and anything else that collects water or rain. This is where mosquitoes can breed--so if you eliminate their breeding grounds, you can help eliminate mosquitoes!
4. You're Giving Off Carbon Dioxide
Yes, you heard us right: you are attracting mosquitoes simply by breathing! Breathing attracts mosquitoes--they have evolved to detect CO2 as a sign that life is near.
Solution: While this one is pretty hard to avoid without dying, doing heavy exercise outside is only going to be a huge attractor for your mosquito neighbors. If you are exercising outdoors, grab the DEET. Though some research shows it being potentially dangerous, reactions usually only happen when it is ingested. When used in small quantities, it is very effective and not harmful to most people. When used appropriately--rubbed, not sprayed--it can definitely do the job of keeping mosquitoes away.
5. You're Wearing Perfume or Cologne
We know you want to smell good--I mean, who doesn’t? Unfortunately, these strong smells could possibly be attractants for mosquitoes.
Solution: Perhaps opt for not wearing scents if you know you will be outside for long periods of time--and consider your deodorant! Strong smelling deodorants can also attract mosquitoes.
Let Terminix Protect Your Yard This Summer
When these measures just aren’t cutting it or you would rather have a more foolproof way to protect your yard from mosquitoes, consider one of our professional mosquito treatments. With monthly, targeted treatments applied in the areas where mosquitoes breed, the experts at Terminix Triad can help add an extra layer of protection to your yard this summer.