If you’ve spent any time outdoors this summer, you probably had your fun interrupted by pesky mosquitoes or gnats. Mosquitoes tend to appear when the weather warms up. Although there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes, only 200 types will bite you, although it may feel like more when you’re out in the wilderness. When trying to relax by your pond or a lake, you’ve probably noticed more mosquitoes than usual in these areas. This is because these types of insects are preferential to humid weather, meaning that areas with water are where they’ll thrive the most. It can be frustrating to be interrupted by frequent bites, but there are some things you should know about traditional chemical mosquito repellents.
Avoiding Harmful Repellants
The chemicals found in bug repellant you buy from the store can be toxic to children or animals. If your pets start licking you after you have applied the product or are around the chemicals too much, they can have a reaction that will cause seizures and fall ill from the product. To protect your four-legged friend or other surrounding animals, you should stay away from products that include DEET. Less invasive and non-chemical methods are more recommended for summertime fun than chemical toxins that can harm wildlife and the pets that surround you by keeping them safe from the viruses and illness that mosquitoes can carry.
Natural Mosquito Control Systems
Thankfully, you can reduce the appearance of mosquitos in a more natural way. Planting things like lemongrass, catnip, and marigolds can prevent the appearance of mosquitos because it naturally repels them by their scents. Putting lavender or mint in your pockets can also be an easy method of ridding these pests. Utilizing a mosquito pond treatment is also a harmless way to avoid insects this summer. Having your pond full of bluegill and catfish is a natural method for reducing the mosquito population while increasing the beautiful aquatic life that surrounds you. These natural remedies are more recommended for mosquito prevention than traditional chemicals.