Summer marks the height of mosquito season for most of us. While the summer months lead most of us to spend more time outdoors, those pesky pests can sometimes make it difficult for us to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. While most of the time mosquito bites are just an itchy nuisance, mosquitoes are known to spread serious and potentially deadly diseases like chikungunya, dengue, West Nile, and Zika. What can you do to keep you and your family safe this mosquito season? Check out these tips to protect yourselves from mosquitoes this summer.
Eliminate Their Habitats:
Mosquitoes only need 1/2″ of water to breed. Make sure you eliminate any areas of standing water around your home, especially near areas where you or your children and pets spend most of their time. Flowerpots, bird baths, baby pools, old tires, buckets, tarps, etc. should be emptied of water and scrubbed at least once a week. Try to avoid areas where mosquitoes breed or rest as much as possible, including ponds, ditches, high grass, and wooded areas.
Be Aware Of The Time:
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and at dusk, although different species will bite at all times of the day. Try to avoid outdoor activities as much as possible at peak mosquito times first thing in the morning and as the sun is going down. Mosquitoes are also attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale. If you plan to exercise outdoors, try to avoid doing it during peak mosquito times, as well.
Mosquitoes are attracted to clothing that is dark in color and that has floral prints. Try to avoid wearing clothing of this type in the summer months. If you must be outside, make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves to help prevent mosquito bites. Babies should especially be covered if they must be outside. Use mosquito netting over strollers when possible. Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweet smells so try to avoid sweet-smelling perfumes and colognes. Use insect repellent that contains DEET.
Protect Your Home:
During mosquito season, try to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. Use air conditioning as much as you can. Make sure doors and windows have screens that are in good repair. Repair any tears in existing screens or replace them if they can’t be repaired. If you must sleep outdoors or with unscreened windows opened, sleep under a mosquito net.
Call The Pros:
If you suspect you have a mosquito problem, contact a professional pest control company who can provide you with a thorough evaluation and set you up with a comprehensive and ongoing treatment and prevention plan. To request a free mosquito estimate, click here or contact us at (800) 228-4379.