5 Ways to Avoid Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are a problem throughout the United States. They thrive in warmer months and will go strong from the early spring until the late fall. Some people seem to be more prone to mosquito bites, but nearly everyone will have at least one mosquito bite each year, as you spend time outside over the summer. There are things you can do to avoid mosquito bites while enjoying time outside.

Wear Insect Repellent

One of the best things that you can do is to wear insect repellent every time you spend time enjoying the outdoors. Insect repellent is very effective at stopping mosquitoes from biting you, and it protects you from a number of different illnesses that mosquitoes carry including the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. It is safe to use mosquito repellent on an infant as young as two months old.

Avoid Active Mosquito Times

Another way to lower the chance of being bitten is to avoid the times when mosquitoes are most active. They tend to be out more when it is dawn or dusk. While this can reduce the number of mosquito bites, some mosquitoes are also active during the day, and it is important to be sure you are protected even during the times when mosquitoes are not as active.

Avoid Mosquito Prone Areas

There are certain areas that are more prone to mosquitoes. Areas with a lot of water or that tend to be swampy are more likely to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can avoid these areas, or you can be sure to take the mosquito repellent with you when you go there and be sure to reapply it as directed on the package.

Treat Your Yard

If you do not want to worry about applying mosquito repellent every time you go outside, you can treat your yard for mosquitoes. There are mosquito control plans that will treat your yard every two to three weeks. These treatments will prevent mosquitoes and allow you to enjoy time outside in your own yard without worrying about mosquito repellent.

Choose Your Clothes Carefully

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so dressing in white and lighter colors can help. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can also protect your from being bitten. Although, you may not choose to dress this way all summer, it may be a good idea if you are headed to a mosquito prone area.