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Mosquito Warfare

Eking out the last of the daylight hours is one of our benefits here in the PNW. However, trouble with mosquitoes can make time on your deck a little less enjoyable. We’ve put together some tips to help you reduce the risk of getting bit:

  1. Get rid of standing water; it’s where they breed. If you have water features in your yard, choose a recirculating system.
  2. Cover up. They can’t bite if there’s no skin showing – long sleeve shirts, closed-toe shoes and long pants will help.
  3. Use a repellent. This is our least favorite option, but depending on how pervasive the problem is, might be the right solution for you.
  4. Purchase permethrin treated clothing or buy the spray and use on clothing, not on skin.
  5. Keep a fan running. Mosquitoes are not strong flyers and the air stream is like a gale force wind, keeping the air around you free of these pests.
  6. Light a citronella candle. Though citronella is only effective if you’re directly in the plume from a flame.
  7. Find a sunny spot. Mosquitos don’t love direct sunlight and are more likely to find you in a shady locale.
  8. Screen doors. If you’ve given up on the backyard, ensure the mosquitoes stay outdoors with a quality screen door that will allow for natural air flow, but limit bugs from entering the house.

Enjoy the outdoors!