3 Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips for Dealing with Mosquito Season
With the small shift in the earth’s axis, springtime is once again in motion; as human beings and animals alike strive for a fresh start. Unfortunately, one of the more the annoying critters – mosquitoes – also finds victims during this time of year.
In and of itself, malaria is one of the most fatal diseases in the world, killing millions each year in places where protection is low. Although the Western world fares better against diseases that mosquitoes are known to spread, adequate measures must be taken when going outside during mosquito season. Children and seniors are particularly vulnerable to these pesky insects.
The following 3 mosquito bite prevention tips will help you to have a better time outdoors, without having to worry much about constant mosquito bites:
- Protective Clothing and Gear. Clothes that expose too much skin surface area are a dinner invitation for mosquitos. If you know you are going to a place that will have a copious amount of mosquitoes; a good safety measure is to wear clothes that don’t reveal too much bare skin. Beware that mosquitos can also bite through lightweight material, so even if you think that wearing a long sleeve shirt will save you, it may not. Light colored clothing with long sleeves – along with pants tucked in with your socks – is better than shorts and tank tops. Wearing a hat that covers your neck and ears is also recommended. But if the weather doesn’t permit such clothing, you may take the next measure.
- Insect Repellent. Although bringing bottles of insect repellent with you to prime mosquito areas seem like a no-brainer, there are some precautions when using mosquito repellent. The three most effective repellents in the U.S are lcaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, and DEET. The benefits of these repellents not only temporarily deter mosquitoes, they also keep ticks away. DEET has an advantage of lasting slightly longer. However, DEET may have unwanted symptoms when incorrectly used, so it is highly recommended to read the label and instructions before use. Lemon eucalyptus oil shouldn’t be used on babies under the age of three or for infants under two months old. Never apply DEET to them until they reach the age of toddler. Be sure to thoroughly remove the repellent with soap and water after use. Non-skin repellents – such as permethrin – are to be used only on clothes and outdoor gear. These are readily available at sporting goods stores.
- Avoid/Decrease Exposure. Don’t take common-sense safety measures for granted, including installation of a mosquito net on strollers and cribs. Do not go outside when mosquitos are most active, usually from dusk to dawn. Repair tears or damage to mosquito netting. Another important tip is to prevent mosquitos from breeding near your house by regularly draining water sources; such as pools, fire-pits, roof gutters, birdbaths, etc.
Mosquito season doesn’t have to be a hassle when trying to enjoy outdoor activities during the nice weather. It is recommended that you take the necessary safety precautions when going to a place that’s a prime mosquito spot. Such precautions include decreasing exposure to mosquitos, correctly using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing and gear when the weather permits.
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