Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to have an outdoor backyard barbecue. With COVID restrictions beginning to lift and the amount of cases going down, now is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. However, pesky mosquitoes can ruin a perfect Memorial Day bonfire or barbecue, and they can carry deadly diseases that can affect you and your guests. Here are five ways to keep your Memorial Day Weekend mosquito-free.
1. Get Rid of Standing Water
Mosquitoes naturally breed in swamps and near-standing water. If you have any birdbaths, gutters, trashcans, or kiddie pools, make sure to remove the water from them before your guests arrive. The exception to this rule is swimming pools because chlorine drives mosquitoes away.
2. Run Some Fans
Whether it be ceiling fans or oscillating fans, fans help keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide which is the air molecule humans emit when they exhale. Fans dispel that carbon dioxide so mosquitoes are more likely to go where the fans blow that carbon dioxide. The air current also makes it harder for them to land on anyone, giving them no chance to strike.
3. Make a Lemongrass Iced Tea
Mosquitoes hate the smell of lemongrass. Lemongrass is a common ingredient in teas and has many health benefits such as treating digestive issues and fighting oxidative stress in the brain. To keep the mosquitoes away, brew some iced tea by putting several tea bags into a pitcher of water for 8-12 hours. Put some ice in, and serve. If you would like to have a little extra lemongrass flavor in your tea, put a drop or two of lemongrass essential oil in the pitcher for some more lemongrass flavor. It’s refreshing for you and a mosquito’s worst nightmare.
4. Illuminate your Backyard
Unlike moths, mosquitos are not attracted to light; they prefer darkness which is why they come out at night. So during your barbeque, light the lights! Whether they be porch lights, outside lights, yard lights, fairy/Christmas lights, or candles, the light will repel mosquito pests that are trying to ruin your party.
5. Use the Aluminate Life Shield Candle
If you want a natural way to keep the mosquitos at bay, burn the Aluminate Life Shield Candle. The Black Tourmaline crystal will protect you and your guests from any kind of stress while the scents of citronella, lemongrass, lavender, and geranium will repel mosquitoes naturally. The essential oil and crystal combination provides numerous health benefits for you and your guests and the candle tin size allows you to burn it anywhere. Grab your Shield Candle here for a natural way to protect against pests this Memorial Day Weekend.