Remember the 3 D's of Mosquito Protection
Want to help protect yourself and your guests from those pesky mosquito bites? Draining nearby mosquito habitats, dressing appropriately, applying the right insect repellent and defending your yard are all protective actions you can take to beat the bugs this upcoming summer.
Since mosquitoes require water to breed, removing standing water around your house is a must-do.
- Clear roof gutters of water and debris.
- Dispose of any tires or larger objects that might collect rain.
- Clean pet bowls and bird baths reguarly.
- Drill holes in the bottom of your recycling containers and trash cans to improve drying time.
- If it can collect water, it can potentially breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes -- Drain or dispose bottles, overturned buckets, plant pots, trash can lids, tarps, etc.
If you know you're going to be outside on a buggy evening, be sure to dress appropriately. Long-sleeved, loose fitting, light colored clothing will help eliminate the potential bug biting threat. A non-greasy Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can be applied to clothing for extra protection without harming gear.
Choosing the right mosquito repellent for your body and yard is the final step in defending your family and friends from those unwanted pest guests. Start with a non-sticky insect repellent spray that has a refreshing scent -- you don't want to feel uncomfortable or smell funny. If you're having a BBQ or enjoying dinner in the backyard, use mosquito candles and mosquito sticks so you can fortify your area and get back to what really matters...enjoying life outdoors!