The mosquito is a nefarious pest, feeding like a vampire on our blood and giving us malaria, encephalitis, and infections. They bite us and leave a welt that stings and itches for hours, not to mention that horrible buzzing in our ears. Just how do we combat them?
For those who prefer a chemical-free repellant, a plain and simple house fan can do the trick. Even a fan blowing at two miles per hour is enough to overpower a mosquito. Try strategically placing fans around your deck or patio to get a good breeze going.
The wind currents produced by a fan disturb mosquitoes, since they can only fly in still air, preferably around stagnant water. They try to fly behind the blades and get chopped up in the fan. The lucky ones just escape and leave you alone, as long as you have that artificial air current on your side.
But that is not all. A fan dilutes and disperses the carbon dioxide you exhale. Carbon dioxide is one of the major chemicals that attract mosquitoes. The wind from a fan also cools you off. Sweat, lactic acid and body heat attract mosquitoes — factors that a fan can help minimize.
Fresh lemons are another good deterrent to mosquitoes.. Cut up a bunch and place them at the windows. Lemon grass will do the trick too. The smell drives most of the mosquitoes away. Use this in combination with your fan, and you've really made a safe haven.