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Heat and Bites

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We had a little break in the heat, but the heat has brought in the mosquito’s! Playing sports, picnics, and walks. Regardless of what you are doing outside, you don’t want mosquito’s to put a damper on your fun! Here are a few tips on how to prevent mosquito’s.

The first thing you will want to do is remove breeding grounds for mosquito’s:

– Get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.

– Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats.

– Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.

– Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

You will also want to prevent mosquito exposure:

– Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.

– Stay indoors at sunrise, sunset and early in the evening when mosquitoes are most active, especially if there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect.

– Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.

How to use repellent correctly:

– Follow the label directions to ensure proper use.

– Repellents should be applied only to exposed skin and/or clothing. Do not use under clothing.

– Store insect repellents safely out of the reach of children, in a locked utility cabinet or garden shed.

– Do not apply near eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears.

– When using sprays, do not spray directly into face; spray on hands first and then apply to face.

– Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.

– Do not spray in enclosed areas. Avoid breathing a spray product, and do not use it near food.

In addition to all of the above, you may want to invest in a misting system if you spend a lot of time outside. Especially if you or your children are extra sensitive to mosquito’s. Follow these prevention tips to keep the mosquito’s away from you and your family.

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