The 3D’s To Mosquito Protection
June 28, 2018
As we wrap up National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we thought we would provide you with a few facts and tips about how to control mosquitoes at your home and how to protect yourself from these blood-sucking pests when you venture outside. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control, disease cases from infected mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas have tripled in the past 13 years, which makes protecting yourself and loved ones even more critical.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, always remember the 3D’s (thank you American Mosquito Control Association!)
Drain - Mosquitoes love water and they need it to breed. Make sure you drain the still water around your home. This task may sound simple, but are there areas you may not be thinking about? Some common places people forget to drain water or eliminate the area containing water include: canoes/boats in a driveway, water collecting on a pool cover, children’s toys, a pet’s water bowl, and leaking faucets. There may be some instances where you can’t eliminate the water source for mosquitoes to breed. If this is the case, we strongly recommend signing up for a mosquito abatement program and help control the presence of mosquitoes.
Dress - Mosquitoes are attracted to dark color clothing more than light color clothing. They can also bite through tight-fitting clothes. If you’re going out for a hike in the woods, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. If it’s possible you can protect yourself even more by wearing long sleeves and pants to minimize the amount of skin exposed.
Defend - Mosquito repellant is so important if you’re going to be outside for an extended amount of time. Four repellants that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency include: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR 3535. Make sure you read the repellant bottle carefully for instructions for application and to understand the ingredients used in each repellant (no allergic reactions wanted!)
We hope you have found these tips helpful. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have or help you determine if our mosquito abatement program is right for you. Give us a call for more information!