Are you a mosquito magnet and dread going out for fear that these pests will find you and bite you relentlessly? Beyond the itch factor is the danger of contracting a mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile Disease, EEE, or, if traveling to tropical areas, the Zika Virus. Thankfully there are some steps that even the biggest mosquito magnet can do to avoid being bitten this season. Here are a few ideas to prevent mosquito bites in your own backyard.
- Always Use Repellant – Just like you should always put on sunscreen, you should also always apply bug repellant to both skin and clothes. DEET works well on skin and permethrin or picaridin works well on clothing.
- Avoid Peak Hours – Generally, mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, although this may differ depending on the species. These are also peak times for exercise and outdoor patio use so use repellant and clothing cautions.
- Avoid Elevated Heart Rates – According to Prevention Magazine, carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitoes search for to identify food sources. And when your heart rate is elevated, your body produces more CO2. From exercise to drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods, anything that cranks up your metabolic rate will increase your CO2 production—and make you irresistible to mosquitoes.
- Use Nets and Fans – Mosquitoes can not land to bite if facing the force of wind so consider putting a fan or two on your porch or deck. In addition, many homeowners find netting a great way of preventing these pests from interrupting a perfectly good BBQ.
- Remove Standing Water – Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes so be sure to clear out kiddie pools, upside down frisbees, and even pet food bowls. Remove the breeding ground and you will have fewer pests.
- Dress for Prevention – Wear light weight long sleeve shirts and long pants to avoid the critters who will seek out the heat of your skin.
Do you have a mosquito-filled backyard or are you personally a magnet? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care for treatment options. Call us at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733 and visit our website.