Easy Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites

As we near the last month of summer, we should continue doing everything we are able to in order to protect our families and ourselves from pesky mosquitoes. We know how annoying the little insects can be, and how obnoxiously itchy their bites are. What many people don’t know is that they have the potential to be particularly dangerous with the presence of the Zika virus in North Texas. With 17 cases of the Zika virus documented in the Dallas area alone, we want to help you utilize different methods to prevent the little flying insects from affecting your family’s health.

The most basic, yet effective way of preventing mosquitoes from biting you is to use bug repellent on your skin when you and your family plan on being outdoors. Make sure to avoid being outside during times of the day where mosquitoes are most active. This would include dawn and dusk. If you know you will be spending time outside during these hours, try to wear loose-fitting long sleeves so that there is no direct contact with your skin for mosquitoes to access. Take a quick walk around your property or campsite, and try to get rid of any standing water. Mosquitoes breed in still water, so any empty flowerpots or other decorations that catch rainwater are fair game for mosquito breeding grounds. Do your best to dump these objects out so that you can decrease the presence of the pesky insects around your residence. Make sure to keep doors and windows closed. If you decide to let a breeze inside, only open windows or doors with bug screens on them to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

Your family’s wellness is our first priority, so we hope that these tips will be helpful for these last few weeks of summer!