The warm and sunny weather of summer creates the perfect opportunity to engage in some outdoor fun. Unfortunately, this same beautiful weather also contributes to the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed. To prevent itchy bites and mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the West Nile virus, it is important to prevent and control mosquitoes by using these simple tips.
Remove Standing Water
Before and throughout the summer months, it is important to be alert for any standing water around all residential homes and commercial buildings. Because mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water, removing any standing water can have a significant impact upon the reduction of mosquito populations throughout your community. Keeping swimming pools, fountains and other amenities maintained will also eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Wear Protective Clothing
Keeping your skin covered is one of the best ways to prevent bites. Today, many types of outdoor clothing are treated with permethrin to repel mosquitoes. Wearing long sleeves, pants and closed-toe shoes can also keep mosquitoes away from your skin. For additional protection, tuck in your shirt, use socks to cover the bottom of your pants and wear a hat.
Install Mechanical Barriers
Whether you are at home or outdoors, there are several mechanical barriers you can use to keep mosquitoes away. At your home, use screens on your doors and windows any time they are open. If you will be camping, then choose tents and cabins that have mesh screens. Infants can be protected outdoors by using mosquito netting over their playpens and strollers. By being proactive, you can easily get rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your outdoor activities without the threat of annoying bites and dangerous diseases.
Use Mosquito Repellent
Mosquito repellents can be applied to a person’s skin and clothing as well as any outdoor areas that tends to attract these pesky pests. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are several different types of repellents that include DEET, Picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus. When applying mosquito repellent, always follow the directions. If you will be applying it to your skin, always avoid using it on your hands, eyes and mouth.