Mosquito season in Florida and Alabama is considered a year-round event. But the heat of the summer brings mosquitoes out in full force, and they can ruin your family BBQs. Aside from the nuisance factor, mosquitoes can carry serious diseases, such as the Zika and West Nile viruses.
Here are five simple ways that you can prevent mosquito bites.
- Dump Standing Water- Mosquitoes easily breed in standing water. Inspect your property for places where water can collect, especially after rainstorms. Emptying flower pots, buckets and wheelbarrows are just a few things that can collect water. Check around your property and dump any water that could pose a problem.
- Reduce Your Attractiveness to Mosquitoes- This may sound silly, but there are certain activities that can make you more attractive to a mosquito. Human sweat is appealing to mosquitoes. Avoid exercising or other sweat-inducing activities outdoors as much as possible. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so if you must exercise outdoors, try and avoid those times. Mosquitoes can also be attracted to perfumes and lotion. Skip the scents to keep them away.
- Get Screens for Your Windows- If you have your windows open to help cool down your house, make sure to have screens on them. Mosquitoes can easily gain access into your house, and you can wake up with mosquito bites. Even adjustable window screens purchased from a local home supply store can be an inexpensive and effective way of keeping mosquitoes out.
- Wear Light Colored Clothing- Since mosquitoes use their vision to look for food, darker colors stand out more and attract their attention. To avoid becoming a target for mosquitoes, wear lighter shades of clothing and avoid colors such as black or dark blue. Lighter colored clothing will also keep you cooler on hot days.
- Use Mosquito Repellent- The safest and most effective mosquito repellants contain DEET, Picaridin or IR3535 as their main active ingredient. Mosquitoes love to bite the more thin-skinned areas of your body, such as ankles, wrists, foreheads and feet. Be sure to apply repellant to these areas as well as any skin not covered by your clothing. Though these mosquito-repelling ingredients are considered safe for pregnant women, they should not be used on babies less than six months old.
Are you’re struggling with an abundance of mosquitoes, and are they ruining outdoor activities for you and your family? Give us a call at EnSec Pest and Lawn. Our Mosquito Management Program might be the perfect solution for you.