Zika and West Nile are beginning to threaten more and more people, and with the mosquito season approaching, people ought to take extra protection measures. Keeping the mosquitos away is not an impossible task. Individuals only have to be careful and use protection when venturing outside during dusk and most of the night.
There are various ways to keep the dreadful insects away from your skin, thus avoiding any chance of getting bitten and developing a mosquito-transmitted disease such as Zika and West Nile. Here are a few tips and tricks that are helpful in keeping the mosquitos away from you and your family members.
Wear Protective Clothing
Whenever the weather allows you, wear protective clothing. This means long-sleeved shirts, long socks, and long pants or skirts. Also, you should keep in mind the fact that the pesky insects have a habit of biting people through thin items of clothing, so if you can’t stand the heat generated by a thick long-sleeved blouse, you might think of mosquito-proofing your thinner garments.
Protect Your Thin Clothing with Insect Repellant
Even though the smell of insect repellent is not that pleasant, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can spray permethrin repellent or any other such product that is EPA-registered on your thin clothing to make sure that the mosquitos will leave you alone.
But caution is advised, permethrin repellents are only to be sprayed on clothes or windows screens, do not apply it directly on the skin. There are other, specialized products for that.
Use Insect Repellant on Your Exposed Skin
There is no chance of covering your entire body with clothing, especial during the summer, but you can still keep the dreadful blood-sucking mosquitos away by applying insect repellent on your exposed skin. There are various kinds of products from different companies.
WebMD made a list of the best repellents you can use in the summer. According to them, you can safely apply Natrapel, Ultrathon, Off FamilyCare Smooth, and Cutter Backwoods Unscented insect repellant. Besides Natrapel, which is based on picaridin, the rest have a concentration of DEET from 15 to 25 percent.
Of course, there is always lemon eucalyptus oil which is a more natural solution for keeping the mosquitos away.
Don’t apply repellent on the skin that is already protected by clothes. Also, try and use unscented hygiene products and avoid sweet perfumes, because they attract the mosquitos.
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