Tips to Prevent Mosquito Bites
There are many methods and tips to prevent mosquito bites. Using a DEET-based insecticide, citronella candles, and wearing permethrin impregnated clothing are all easy preventative measures.
Eliminating standing water, repairing damaged screens, and wearing light colored clothing will also help deter mosquitoes.
- Diethyltoluamide (DEET) is a safe and effective insecticide when used according to directions. The Centers for Disease Control provides a list of EPA-approved insect repellents proven to work. Exposed skin and clothing can be sprayed with mosquito repellent containing DEET. For the face, spray repellent on your palms first, then apply.
- Citronella candles contain citronella oil, which is also supposed to deter mosquitoes. However, their effectiveness depends on the quality of the citronella oil used in making the candles.
- Permethrin is the only insect-repelling product approved for the factory-treating of clothes. Originally developed by the military, it can be applied to shoes, outdoor furniture, clothing, and even tents. Permethrin is a long-lasting mosquito deterrent safe to use on clothing for all ages because it is poorly absorbed by the skin.
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Preventing mosquitoes from finding suitable breeding grounds on your property is a giant first step in control. Standing water often found in play equipment, decorative water features, empty flower pots, and even cast off items like tires will prove desirable for mosquitoes.
Check screens and doors for damaged areas a mosquito can pass through. Weather stripping should be intact and screens should be free of holes and tears.
More Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips
Covering exposed skin as temperatures allow will also help create a barrier against bites. Try to avoid dark clothes because they retain more heat than light colored clothes and thus attract more mosquitoes. Although bites can happen at any time, mosquitoes are more prevalent at dawn and dusk. Try to avoid being outside at these times.
For the safest (and best!) results, always remember to read and follow directions on the insecticides you use, whether they are for the skin or for clothing and equipment.