We can't fight the fact that the Treasure Valley is going to see an increase in mosquitoes this year.

However, we can fight back.

The influx in the little blood suckers means we're going to have to take defending ourselves seriously. While a mosquito bite usually means just a little itch, they can transmit some pretty nasty diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus.

What's the best way to protect yourself from 'skeeter bites? You can always go the traditional route and invest in some decent bug spray. Seems to do the trick. Or, you can go the more natural route.

There are a bunch of options for home-made mosquito repellents that seem to work really well:

  • Lemon Eucalyptus oil
  • Baby oil
  • Imitation vanilla extract
  • Apple cider vinegar (Rub it on your skin, or put some on your food)
  • Garlic

 

That'll keep the little pests off your skin. How can you keep them away from your home?

  • Eliminate standing water (Don't worry about ponds. Dragon flies love ponds, and love eating mosquitoes)
  • Add a few drops of citronella to your exterior paint next time you paint your house
  • Got bats around? Leave 'em! They love to eat mosquitoes

 

Phew. Now we're ready to combat the army of mosquitoes we'll be facing this summer. We're not excited about it, but now we've got a fighting chance to win this war!

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