Protecting Yourself Against Mosquitos

May 30, 2018 10:20 AM

Protection against mosquitoes requires a little more than just bug spray.  Here are some ways  you can protect yourself from mosquito bites.  

-Avoid being outdoors around dusk and dawn, this is when mosquitoes are most active.

- Wear Long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

- Use insect repellent containing 20% DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon eucalyptus. Make sure you apply as directed on product label.

- Inspect your yard for containers that are holding water, dump them out if they can hold water up to 5 days or more.

- Set up a box or oscillating fan on your patio, set it to create a 7-10 mph wind.  Mosquitoes can not fly in higher winds.

- Make sure you have screens on all windows and doors.

- Avoid being in heavily shaded or wooded areas.

- Nothing can prevent all mosquito bites, but taking these steps can greatly reduce the number of bites.

- Remember, Mosquito populations fluctuate during the summer months.  On average, mosquitoes live 14-20 days

This information has been obtained from the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District website.  For additional information such as spraying schedules and more, visit www.nwmadil.com or call 847.537.2306. 

 

 



 
 
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