5 Odd Hacks That Could Help Reduce Mosquito Bites This Summer

Summer is full of wonderful sights and sounds. Some of the best summer sounds are the rush of waves on a beach vacation, the sizzle of burgers on the grill, and the crackle of firewood at a summer bonfire. But what about the worst summer sound? Without a doubt, it has to be the telltale buzz of a mosquito in your ear. Not only is it irritating, but it also puts you on guard and completely ruins the mood of any outdoor summer hang. Mosquitos are especially aggressive in southern states like Alabama, so it is important to take every precaution necessary to reduce their populations and reduce the number of bites you might get this summer. Read on to see some unique hacks you can use to get rid of pesky mosquitoes this summer and help to reduce mosquito bites this summer. 

Wear Light Summer Colors

If you are solely looking to reduce bites, you have to put down the bright vibrant summer clothes. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark and vibrant colors, as they are easy to differentiate from their surroundings. However, light and neutral colors are mostly invisible to mosquitoes, which can help you reduce the number of mosquitoes coming over for a snack. Also in style this summer? Lightweight long sleeves and pants reduce the amount of skin available for mosquitoes to bite. 

Plant Some Basil

Mosquitos are very sensitive to certain smells. Fruity and sweet ones attract them, and certain others repel them. Most of these repellent smells are strong and bitter, but one, in particular, that is sweet to human noses is the smell of basil plants. Planting a few basil plants around your yard, especially around areas where people gather is a great way to reduce mosquitos in that area, and you’ll have fresh basil to cook with all summer long. 

Build A Bat House

One of the best ways to reduce mosquitoes in your yard, and therefore reduce the number of mosquito bites you get this summer, is to bring in predators that will feast on the mosquitos in your area. Bat houses are available for purchase online, or there are plenty of tutorials on how to build one yourself. These dwellings house on average 40-50 bats that will easily clean up your yard, as an average bat can eat 6,000 mosquitoes per day. 

Don’t Waste Your Coffee Grounds

Instead of throwing coffee grounds in the trash, dry them out and put them in standing water. The presence of coffee in pools of standing water has been shown to decrease the number of mosquitoes that will lay eggs in that water. Coffee grounds can also displace eggs in the water and cause them to rise to the surface and dry out. 

Clean Surfaces With Vinegar

While it’s a very effective cleaning tool, spraying a mixture of 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water on your furniture, and even on your clothes is an even more effective tool to reduce mosquito bites. Mosquitos hate strong tastes and smells, and since they use their legs to taste, landing on a surface with pungent vinegar residue is highly unpleasant for mosquitos.


While hacks may aid in keeping mosquitoes at bay, there is no substitute for high-quality pest control. For all your summer pest control needs, you need to call the company that has been delivering quality pest control to Alabama for over 25 years. With a variety of excellent monthly, quarterly, and one-time rates Advanced Pest Control of Alabama should be the only call you make to stop a summer pest infestation in its tracks.