In many destinations, mosquitoes can be a tremendous nuisance. They might be small, but they are pests who leave behind itching and discomfort. In the worst cases, mosquitoes can spread malaria, dengue fever, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. To protect yourself against mosquitoes, review the following tips.
Covering Your Skin With Clothing
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to cover up any exposed skin. If you're hiking outdoors, for instance, wearing socks and pants as well as a long-sleeved shirt can limit the exposed skin available to mosquitoes. In warmer climates, even a thin or gauzy fabric can go a long way in protecting the skin from mosquitoes.
Avoid Peak Mosquitoes Exposure Times
Some environments, such as jungles, are rife with mosquitoes no matter the time or the season. There are, however, many environments where mosquitoes are prevalent at specific times. In many areas, mosquitoes are only a problem during the warmer or monsoon season, and in other places you're unlikely to come across mosquitoes until dusk. If you're aware of specific times where you're more likely to see lots of mosquitoes, plan to stay indoors during them.
Use Mosquito Repellents
Another smart way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is by using repellents. Some natural essential oils, such as eucalyptus, may act as a deterrent against mosquitoes. Stronger, more effective ingredients to look for in a mosquito repellent include Picaridin and DEET. Spraying these repellents on the body can be key to protecting your skin, but keep in mind that they are not 100 percent effective, and in some cases they will need to be reapplied every few hours in order to work properly.
Keep Mosquitoes Out of the Home
Finally, it is important to take action in order to keep mosquitoes out of the home. While measures like protective clothing and repellents are fine in the short term, no one wants to worry about those things while in the comfort of their own home. Relying on air conditioning rather than open windows, or installing screens, can limit the number of mosquitoes in the home. Also, make sure to eliminate any sources of standing water outside, which attract mosquitoes.
If you have questions about mosquitoes or any other type of pest, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.