How To Avoid Mosquitoes Bites This Summer

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Summer Mosquito Control and Prevention: How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

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Summer might just be the best season of all: plenty of evening light for outdoor activities, great weather, and day after day of sunny skies.

We say “might” be the best season, though, because of one particular downside to the summertime: mosquitoes. There’s nothing worse than heading out to work in the garden, only to come back inside 20 minutes later covered in a dozen mosquito bites.

Fortunately, it’s possible to keep the mosquitoes at bay. All you need is the right home pest control strategy, combined with a handful of useful tips that you can take with you when you’re away from home.

Let’s take a look at the best ways to avoid summer mosquito bites. Here we go!

 

Wear the Right Clothes

Did you know that certain fabrics actually repel mosquitoes? It’s true! Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, which means that wearing light-colored fabric will help repel them. Long sleeves are helpful, too, and it’s important to make sure that the fabric is tightly woven. You can also consider treating clothing with permethrin for maximum repellent effect.

 

Avoid Certain Areas

Mosquitoes tend to breed and congregate in certain areas. If an area is particularly mosquito infested, trying to prevent bites is going to be pretty difficult. It’s especially important to avoid physical exertion in areas densely populated by mosquitoes: the carbon dioxide in your breath and your increased body temperature will actually attract them.

 

Use the Right Insect Repellent

When you’re outdoors in an area with mosquitoes, the right insect repellent is key. You might opt to go with a DEET-based repellent, in which case it’s important to heed the warnings on the label (such as avoiding applying DEET to your hands or face). Natural alternatives exist, but they may not last as long or provide the same level of deterrence.

 

Remove Standing Water

Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water. Why? Because it’s where they breed! If you have standing water outside your home, you’re creating the perfect environment for mosquitoes. Remove standing water, and you’ll instantly cut down on the mosquito population.

 

Blow Them Away

Literally! Practically any wind speed -- even speeds of just over 1 mph -- will make it hard for mosquitoes to fly accurately. Opting to settle down in a breezy spot for a picnic is one option. If you’re at home and having mosquito problems, installing an outdoor fan (or plugging in an electric fan) can work wonders.

 

Consider a Net

In some parts of the world, virtually everyone sleeps with a mosquito net suspended over their bed. While you may not need one at home, using a mosquito net while traveling is a great way to keep the buggers at bay.

 

Keep Things Dark

Mosquitoes are attracted to both heat and light. By reducing the amount of outdoor light on your porch or switching off interior lights, mosquito control will be a lot easier to achieve.

 

Home Pest Control

While all of these tips are a great starting point, it’s important to take a comprehensive approach to mosquito control in and around your home. This is the only way to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to minimize your mosquito exposure.

Remember: mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance. They carry diseases such as Zika virus, which can be a concern here in South Carolina during the summer. Mosquitoes also transmit diseases in pets, which is why reducing the number of mosquitoes in and around your home can cut down on the risk of heartworm in dogs and cats.

Right now, Home Pest Control is offering a special summertime discount for new customers. Our Home Shield Pest Prevention Program is a safe, affordable, environmentally friendly approach to mosquito control. With Home Pest Control, your home can finally be mosquito free! Click here to learn more:

Sign up for our Home Shield Pest Prevention Service Today!

 

Written By: Home Pest

May 1, 2018


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