5 Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites This Summer
The U.S. is home to about 200 species of mosquitoes. That’s not to frighten you, but the bites of these blood-sucking creatures are something most people dislike immensely.
While summer can be a great time of year, it’s also when mosquitoes come out in high numbers. It’s important to know a few tips and tricks to prevent mosquito bites and make sure you’re enjoying the summer season as much as you should be.
Below we’ll look at 5 ways you can prevent mosquito bites and have a great time outdoors this summer.
- Start Using Repellent
One of the simplest ways to fight mosquito bites is also one of the most effective. Insect repellent was created for a reason and it can work wonders when it comes to preventing pests such as mosquitoes from bothering you while outdoors.
Insect repellents with DEET are especially effective for keeping the mosquitoes at bay. However, you should be careful when using DEET repellents as they can potentially be harmful. Remember to only apply them directly on the skin sparingly.
As an alternative to DEET products, you may also consider using some other effective natural insect repellents as well, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Wear the Right Clothes to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Believe it or not, what you wear can influence how often mosquitoes are bothering you throughout the day.
Wearing long sleeve clothes can help a great deal when mosquito activity is the most prevalent outdoors. Loose fitting clothes work best as well since mosquitoes will be able to bite through particularly tight clothing.
It’s also best to wear light-colored clothes when you want to avoid mosquito bites. Dark-colored clothing is easier for mosquitoes to see and wearing them can lead to mosquitoes biting you more often.
- Get Rid of Standing Water
If you want to reduce the mosquito population around your home during the summer, it’s essential to check for standing water.
Any containers that have standing water around your home, including bird baths, ponds, stopped up gutters or buckets can potentially be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As a result, standing water can lead to increased numbers of these pests around your home.
Try to eliminate as many of these standing water containers as possible and drain the water around your home so they’ll be unable to populate the area.
- Make a Few Changes to Your Home
In addition to getting rid of standing water, there are a few more mosquito control actions you can take to make sure your home stays fairly mosquito free.
It’s important to check your window screens for holes and openings where mosquitoes could potentially get in. Make sure to repair them or replace your screens as necessary.
Additionally, see that your yard and home is free from trash. A mosquito may enjoy living around an area with plenty of garbage around.
- Know When to Go Outside
When you go outside during the summer, it’s a good idea to know when the peak hours are for mosquitoes.
They’ll be more active during some hours than others. The early morning and the evening hours are unusually high times for mosquito activity.
During these hours mosquitoes are likely to be around and ready for action so you may want to avoid going out during these times too often during the summer months depending on your location.
It’s not difficult to prevent mosquito bites as long as you remain aware of what you’re doing and take a few precautions. By using the tips above, you’ll have the most mosquito-free summer of your life and will enjoy, rather than dread, going outdoors.
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