I live near a stream and every year the mosquito abatement district sprays along the stream and as a result, I don’t get many mosquitoes in my yard. Now after TEOTWAWKI that will change, there will be no spraying which in some ways will be healthier for most of us. But mosquitoes carrying diseases like malaria, west Nile virus and dengue fever, and yellow fever will be a problem.
So I have been thinking about how to keep the mosquitoes from eating me alive. Your first defense is to not let them breed. It takes still water for them to lay eggs in. So the first thing you need to do is to eliminate all the still and stagnant water that you can. If you can’t drain the water pour oil on it, this will smother the lava.
Second, if you intend to bug in, make sure that you have good screens (Window Screens for Insect Control) on your windows and some supplies to repair them if they become damaged. If you are camping out make sure, you are a hundred yards or so from water or swampy area. Use mosquito netting if you have it.
- Wear tight-weave cotton shirts and pants work instead of porous synthetics.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially blue. Wear khaki or neutral colors.
- Avoid the use of scented soaps, lotions, or shampoos.
- If you are going to be spenting a lot of time outside, think about getting a head net.
- Avoid getting too hot. Mosquitoes are thought to be attracted to warm bodies, so staying cool is one way to avoid bites. When you are hot you may emit more carbon dioxide.
- Mosquitoes are attracted by the smell of carbon dioxide and can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters, explains
Bug Zappers have been popular with many people who think it is effective against mosquitoes. The problem is that most of the insects killed aren’t mosquitoes. Many of them are beneficial insects, so most of the zapping people hear are killing the good bugs, like dragonflies (that eat mosquitoes) or pollinators (like bees).
Use mosquito repellents.
Deet, while there are some definite questions about its safety, there is no question that Deet is the most effective method of combating mosquitoes. If you intend to use Deet you always want at least 20 – 30% Deet in your repellent. If you’re in a heavy bug territory, 95% to 99% Deet almost completely protects you. The bugs will come near, and then fly away. If you choose to use Deet only apply it directly on the skin of your face, hair, neck, and hands. For the rest of your body, put it on your clothes. Never use 95% or more Deet on small children or pregnant women. Follow the product directions.
Many of us are hesitant to rub chemicals on our skin and prefer natural alternatives. The problem is to find ones that work as well as Deet.
Citronella has long been the best-known natural alternative, and scientists are continually finding more herbs to ward off certain insects. Just be sure when looking at these herbal alternatives that they contain at least 10% of the active, insect-repelling ingredient. One of the better ones is Bite Blocker, an oil-based repellent laced with soybean oil, geranium oil, and coconut oil. Or try Avon’s Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard, which contains IR3535, an amino acid.
Learn what you need to do to prevent mosquitoes from becoming a health hazard in your area, before you are forced too.