An OMA influencer has revealed how you can use your grater for more than just cheese this summer.
The internet mom said rubbing a bar of soap around your outdoor seating area can help protect your picnic from mosquitoes.
Taking to Instagram, the self-titled “internet mom you didn’t know you needed” walking by Babs posted a video of herself getting ready for a party.
“Guess what I’m rubbing,” Babs said during her “Babs Hack.”
“I’ll give you a tip – it’s not cheese. It’s soap.”
She said mosquitoes “love” them, so she needs to prepare before eating dinner outside by the fire.
“I’ve been doing this for years,” Babs said.
She said she takes a bar of soap, Irish Spring in her case, and rubs a barrier around where she and her guests will be sitting.
Babs fans raved about the post with nearly 200,000 likes, but other commenters were quite concerned.
“For real?! It is working? Very cool,” one person commented.
Another person said, “Oh thanks for that, I’m allergic to mosquitoes and they love me.”
“It can’t just be soap, it has to be Irish Spring!!! This works on mice too!” commented one user.
Other people claimed they tried Bab’s hack but it didn’t work that well.
“Doesn’t work…” said one person.
Another person commented, “It didn’t work that well.
“Also works to keep dirty people out who don’t want to shower,” said another.
This comes as an exterminator has warned of the upcoming mosquito season and has outlined five ways to protect yourself.
The bugs thrive in temperatures above 50F and mosquito season peaks in the hot months.
Arrow Exterminators Houston experts have recommended how to keep the bugs out of your home.
GET RID OF STANDING WATER
Mosquitoes lay eggs when they breed in stagnant water and take between 10 and 14 days to develop.
The pests only need about half an inch of water to lay their eggs.
Holes should be cut in trash can lids, flower pots and buckets to allow water to drain quickly during torrential downpours.
This strategy also prevents water from pooling.
Rain gutters should also be cleaned regularly to avoid waterlogging.
COVER SWIMMING POOLS
Those lucky enough to have a swimming pool in their backyard should cover it when not in use, experts told KPRC.
This prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs and reproducing.
And you should check the cover regularly to see if there is any water that needs to be drained.
REDUCE UNNECESSARY PLANTS
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and damp plants.
The beetles are known for their love of flowers, water lilies and water lettuce.
But those who are avid gardeners or enjoy cooking might want to grow herbs like basil, lavender, or rosemary.
According to garden experts at Evergreen, the woody smell of rosemary helps repel the bug.
USE YELLOW BUG LIGHTS
Yellow is one of the colors that mosquitoes are not attracted to.
The bugs hate colors like yellow, pink, and white because they all reflect heat.
Insects like mosquitoes cannot see warmer colors.
But a yellow lightbulb doesn’t completely repel the bugs—it just deters them.
Screens that have no gaps deter mosquitoes from entering your home.
And it also reduces the risk of being bitten by a mosquito.
Scratching mosquito bites can lead to infections, and the bugs carry diseases like West Nile Virus and malaria.
Mesh screens not only stop mosquitoes, but also prevent other insects from entering your home.
However, you should check if it has any holes before you put it up.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5571088/internet-mom-household-product-protects-against-mosquitos/ I’m an internet mom – you can rub a household product you already have at home for protection against mosquitoes