Mosquitos of Summer
Now that we are closing in on the end of spring and beginning of summer the move to eating, lounging, drinking, playing and entertaining outside is happening almost daily.
I love the beautiful magazine spreads of outdoor areas, old brick laid patios with urban furnishings and vintage chandeliers, graphic linens laid out with indoor plates and glassware (just say no to plastic says I). Beautiful glazed urns spilling forth with vining geraniums and herbs interspersed with bird baths and the quiet splashing of water fountains abound.
The scene is picturesque and leaves me yearning to entertain friends outside on any lovely evening as the sun sets and the sky is turning a color of fushia, coral and gold against an azure colored backdrop.
Then the one last dinner guest arrives and changes the perfect outdoor dinner party into a blood bath…THE MOSQUITO!!! Unfortunately we are the fabulous Venetian blown glass martini glass holding their favorite evening buffet drink…BLOOD!
Living in tropical Florida makes us a prime candidate for a, not so pleasant, dinner party.
What to do, what to do? That is my question for you in this post. It does need to be a dog and child friendly suggestion as I have three chihuahuas who are always welcome at any dinner party.
Please send me your ideas and I will try them out and let you know the results. Eric, a good friend of mine who has done a lot of hiking and camping in his life, suggests spraying cheap lemon ammonia on the shrubs and grass where you will be entertaining about an hour before. I bought some of the lemon ammonia today at Target, cheap at only $1.04 for two quarts and will try that this weekend.
I have also heard that having moving air, like a fan, helps keep the blood sucking mosquito away. I will try that as well.
I’m not a huge advocate of spraying a chemical, such as DEET on anyone’s skin, so that’s out.
After asking my son Andy, who has a great following on YouTube for his hiking and camping adventures, he said, “we don’t really have mosquitos here in Colorado, or ants, but we have flies”. What? No mosquitos at dinner…am I invited?
Let me know what you use and I will try it and report back. Happy outdoor entertaining without the buzz (wine buzz is fine, mosquito buzz…not so much).