1. Dump Standing Water
Bird feeders, dog bowls, children’s toys, air-conditioning drip pans, and tarps covering pools or wood piles are all targets for mosquitoes looking to lay eggs. Dump any liquid, then wipe down the items to remove eggs that could still be clinging to the surface.
2. Bust Out the Weed Whacker
Mosquitoes tend to rest in weeds and bushes during the day. Mowing your lawn regularly and keeping overgrowth in check can prevent the bloodsuckers from hanging around.
3. Keep It Breezy
Crank up your porch’s ceiling fan or use floor fans—mosquitoes have a hard time flying in strong air currents. The best bet is to aim the floor fans at your legs.
4. Swap Out Patio Bulbs
Opt for GE Bug Lites, which give off a yellowish glow that’s less attractive to insects.
5. Dress the Part
Long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing in light colors is best for deterring the pests.
This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.