Along with backyard BBQs, pool parties, and trips to the park, summertime fun often comes with itchy, swollen hives caused by Mosquitoes. These pesky, blood-sucking insects cause skin irritation because their saliva triggers allergic reaction in most animals upon contact. Whether staying at home or traveling abroad, it’s important to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible. Not only are they annoying, mosquitoes act as vectors for a number of viral diseases – like West Nile, Malaria, and Yellow Fever – that can lead to serious illness.
It may be impossible to completely avoid mosquitoes this summer but there are easy steps you can take to reduce your risk and control the mosquito population.
Mosquito Control Tips
Your first defense against the threat of mosquitoes is eliminating habitats for breeding. These aquatic insects most often breed in areas of stagnant water and using the following tips, you can do your part to reduce the mosquito population in your area.
- Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, coolers, toys or any other containers where stagnant water can collect
- Change water in bird baths or flower pots at least twice per week
- Keep grass short and trim shrubs to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes
- Fill in hollow tree stumps and holes with sand or concrete to prevent water collection
- Cover swimming pools or hot tubs when not in use and be sure to keep them properly chlorinated
Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips
- Limit outdoor activity between dusk and dawn: the time of greatest mosquito activity
- Apply DEET containing mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing, following directions carefully
- If possible, cover bare skin as much as possible with long pants, long sleeves, socks, and covered shoes
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