Tips to Prevent Mosquitoes
To prevent the health risks that can potentially accompany an already-pesky mosquito bite, be sure to follow these tips to prevent mosquitoes:
- When spending time outdoors, apply an insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and reapply as directed on the label. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The main type of mosquito that carries Zika is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.
- Anyone traveling outside of the United States should be aware of travel advisories currently in effect. Pack plenty of insect repellant and protective clothing. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
- Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed, so homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
- Even children’s toys like buckets and sandboxes can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes right in the backyard, so be sure to keep these objects water-free.
- Empty standing water from containers after each rain event
- Adjust your sprinkler timers to allow enough time for grass to dry out before watering again
- Check and eliminate places that accumulate water after irrigating your yard
- Keep fountains operating or drain the water
- Keep swimming pools treated and circulating
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets and sprinklers
- Check air conditioning drain hoses to ensure water is not pooling
- Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug lights"
- Fill in low spots and level areas within retention basins
- Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.
- If there are concerns about mosquito activity on the property, contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.
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