Top Mosquito Prevention Tips
Spring is when most of us are likely to take a hike up a mountain, walk down a nature trail, catch some fish in a river, cook a hotdog on a stick over an open campfire, eat a marshmallow, watch the sunset, swim in a lake, have a gathering in the backyard, mow your lawn, and swat a mosquito. In fact, you’re likely to do that last one while doing all the others; but there are some ways to prevent bites this summer.
Top Tips for Preventing Mosquito Bites in Order of Effectiveness
- Don’t go out. Obviously, if you stay inside and you have good screens on your home, you don’t have a lot to worry about as far as mosquitoes go; but this isn’t exactly practical.
- Don’t go out in the morning or the evening. Mosquitoes are least active during the afternoon when the sun is high in the sky, but more active in the morning and evening when there is some shade. Choose to go out in the middle of the day if you want fewer bites.
- Don’t go where there are more mosquitoes. If you avoid areas that have shade or areas of still water, you can avoid bites as well.
- If you must go out when mosquitoes are active, or into areas where mosquitoes are more abundant, your safest option is to use netting to protect you. Netting isn’t just used in tents. There are companies that make clothing that has netting. Hats, jackets, shirts, and pants can have netting applied; but, of course, this kind of apparel isn’t always desirable.
- If clothing with netting isn’t for you, consider wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants when possible. This can give mosquitoes less areas of skin to attack. However, be aware that mosquitoes can bite through some materials–as you probably already know.
- Your next option is repellent. We recommend something that has 20% DEET in it.
- If you don’t want chemicals on your skin, consider spraying the DEET repellent on your clothing, or consider a natural alternative like a repellent with oil of lemon eucalyptus or citronella.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it harder for mosquitoes to lock onto you.
Mosquitoes are an inevitable part of summer, and these pests can be more than just an annoyance. They can carry many viruses that have severe symptoms. Protect yourself when you go out and consider mosquito services from a trusted pest control specialist like Bug Guardian Pest Prevention to reduce mosquitoes in your backyard. Fewer mosquitoes mean fewer bites. And fewer mosquito bites makes summer better.