May is mosquito season in Montana and the season of the biters will run through September. Take action now to keep your summer in Montana as pest free as possible.

What Color You Wear Can Affect If Mosquitoes Choose You

Mosquitoes LOVE the colors black, dark blue, reds and oranges.

Most of my clothes are black, so that explains a lot.

Homes and Gardens explains that the attraction or non-attraction to certain colors for mosquitoes is from their need to avoid direct sunlight.  When it comes to the red and orange hued colors, it's a wavelength given off by that color that encourages a heat scared mosquito to investigate.

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Mosquitoes HATE the colors green, light blues, purples and white.  

Again, this explains so much to me about my luck with mosquitoes.  All of the colors below reflect heat and light and turn mosquitoes away for fear of dying.


Smells Also Attract or Detract Mosquitoes

  • Floral scents are a huge draw.  You may want to have different scents on your lotions and perfumes for different seasons
  • Blood, sweat and alcohol draw them to you
  • Unscented body wash makes you less attractive to the pests
  • Mosquitoes stay away from the smells of citronella, cloves, cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, cinnamon, catnip and eucalyptus.

How To Reduce Mosquitoes In Your Yard According To Terminix

  • Eliminate standing water.  This goes for bird baths, pet water dishes, buckets, pools, gutters, drains, and anything else that can hold standing water.
  • Maintain your yard, pool and pond.  If your yard has a pond, consider getting something that keeps the water moving.  By keeping your yard free of clutter you'll cut down on places where they can breed and hatch.  Also, regular pool maintenance is key.
  • Try To Stay Indoors During Peak Mosquito Hours.  Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.  If you have to be outside then, it's recommended to wear long sleeves and full length pants.

Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favor when fighting the mosquito fight.

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