Because mosquitoes can spread blood-borne illnesses among humans, they can pose a major health hazard, so it is important to have a mosquito control plan for your property. At home, an automatic misting system is a fantastic option for residential mosquito protection. But what do you do when you leave your house? Learn a few tips to repel mosquitoes below.
Use Insect Repellent
Apply insect repellent prior to leaving the house, and select the correct repellent for your needs. For example, a concentration with a higher percentage of active repellent will offer all-day protection, while repellants with ten-percent or less of an active ingredient will offer more limited protection for shorter trips.
Choose Appropriate Clothing
When weather allows, wear protective clothing including long sleeves, long pants, and socks. Opt for neutral colors such as khaki, beige and olive, and avoid any bright colors or floral patterns. Applying repellent directly onto your clothing will also help to fend off pests.
Avoid Peak Hours
From dusk to dawn mosquitoes are at their most active, so if possible avoid outdoor activity during those times. Mosquito activity is further exacerbated by hot or humid weather. If you do choose to be outside during these times, make sure to apply an extra-strength repellent.
Apply With Care
Use caution when applying insect repellent to infants or children. Use a repellent with no more than a 30% concentration of DEET. Apply repellent only to the outside of your child’s clothing and to any exposed skin. Once your children head back indoors, wash off repellent with a mild soap and water and wash any clothing before they wear it again.
To learn more about mosquito control measures, call (954) 888-9311. The experienced and professional team at Platinum Mosquito Protection offers full-service pest and mosquito control in Boca Raton, Weston, Coral Gables, and other South Florida communities. Contact us today to learn more about how our mosquito misting systems and other services can help you and your family.