How To Have a Mosquito-Free Barbecue This Summer

How To Have a Mosquito-Free Barbecue This Summer

In Texas, summertime is the time to be outdoors with our loved ones, creating memories and enjoying the weather. Maybe you have already started planning that special graduation or low-key gettogether in the backyard. No matter what the occasion is, all your hard work can be ruined by nasty, annoying mosquitoes. Luckily, we have made a list of tips so you and your guests can avoid being bitten by these annoying bugs.

 

Avoid Wearing Dark Colorspeople sitting around a bonfire

If you don’t want to be feasted on by mosquitoes, you should keep them in mind when picking out your wardrobe for the evening. Mosquitoes have very sensitive heat sensors and can sense lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, and other compounds found in our sweat. Dark clothes, hoodies, and sweatpants all help retain body heat, making you light up like a firework on the Fourth of July. Instead, stick to light colors and loose-fitting clothes.

 

Be Careful What You Smell Like

When preparing for an outdoor get-together at night, avoid using products with heavy fragrances such as shampoos, cologne, perfume, soaps, and lotions. These products can make you an easy target for hungry mosquitoes. Try switching to unscented products to add one more layer of protection.

 

Wear a Hat

Have you heard the saying “blondes prefer gentlemen”? Well, it turns out that mosquitoes prefer blonds. Recent studies have shown that mosquitoes target blondes and even redheads more often than other hair colors. So consider wearing a hat.

 

Mosquito Repellent 

Mosquito repellents are the most obvious choice to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Repellents mask our natural scents with scents that mosquitoes can’t stand, which makes us essentially invisible to them. The CDC recommends repellents that contain DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, and Picaridin.

 

Use Natural Mosquito Repellantslavender spray

Not everyone can use commercial mosquito repellants, but natural alternatives have been used for thousands of years.

Check out these natural mosquito-repelling scents:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Catnip
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Marigold
  • Neem
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Take It Easy

As mentioned above, mosquitoes can hone in on the scent of our sweat and the carbon dioxide we exhale for up to 50 meters. If you are working up a sweat, playing horseshoes or volleyball, you will become a delicious target for mosquitoes.

 

Go Easy on Alcohol

Studies have shown that drinking a beer can increase your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. This is because alcohol increases the ethanol levels in your sweat and increases body temperature. Be forewarned, getting rid of the alcohol is a surefire way to end a backyard barbecue.

 

Call the Mosquito Pros at DFW Mosquito

Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your backyard this summer. Call the experts at DFW Mosquito and get set up on a year-round mosquito control program that will keep these pests out of sight and out of mind. 

Are you hosting a special event such as a graduation, wedding, birthday, or holiday and don’t want your guests running home in fear? Call and ask about our mosquito control for special events.

After you sign up, our mosquito control specialists will assess your property and create a program that fits your needs. Give us a call at  (817) 615-4944 or send us a message. Forget to follow our blog for helpful mosquito control tips in Texas.