5 tips to decrease your risk of mosquito bites
Mosquito bites are among the biggest annoyances for human beings. You can easily get bitten while enjoying the outdoors or while asleep. You know you’re about to be disturbed when you hear those monotone buzzing sounds of mosquitoes. They can be a real nuisance. The good news is that you can take simple actions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
Mosquito bites and diseases
Mosquito bites can be quite a nuisance. While most bites are innocent, there is always a chance of contracting deadly diseases like Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, and Malaria. These mosquito-borne diseases are transmitted by infected mosquitoes to healthy, uninfected people. There are no vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat dengue fever. Our best chance to avoid these diseases is by avoiding mosquito bites altogether.
Here are 5 tips to reduce your risk of mosquito bites:
1. Using insect repellents
Applying insect repellent to the uncover skin of your body is a great way to avoid mosquito bites. This is especially useful when you go outdoors during the mosquito season. You may also want to apply some insect repellent at night before you go to bed. The most active ingredient in insect repellents is DEET. It is known and available all over the world. The good news is that a great amount of testing has been done with DEET, thus it is proven to be a safe product.
2. Wearing protective clothing
One of the things people don’t know about is that mosquitoes use vision in search for human blood. We now know that dark-coloured clothing attracts mosquitoes far more than light-coloured clothing. Best is to avoid thin materials because mosquitoes can bite right through the clothes. We advise to wear light-coloured, thick clothing with long sleeves.
3. Keeping the air circulating
Mosquitoes are not great at flying. They struggle in difficult conditions, for example when there’s a strong wind. As humans we can take advantage of that by using electric fans. You can use one in your house, but also for outdoor activities and gatherings. Best is to focus the fan to the lower half of the body because that is the most attractive height for mosquitoes to bite. Using a fan is a great way to prevent you, your family and your friends from getting bitten!
4. Getting rid of stagnant water
If you want to avoid mosquito bites, you’ll want to make sure there are nog stagnant puddles of water around your home. Water puddles are a great potential breeding source for mosquitoes. Just be mindful to empty the water from flower pots, plates, pet food, buckets, barrels and cans at least once or twice a week as mosquitoes’ life cycle can be completed within a week.
5. Keeping your home clean
Keeping your home clean is an important way to keep mosquitoes away as much as possible. Make sure to keep the gully traps, scupper drains, and roof gutters clean. Thinning dense vegetation will help to improve air circulation. You can avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by making your environment less desirable or appealing to them.
The five recommended measures discussed above may help to protect you from getting bitten by mosquitoes. However, mosquito bites are inevitable during some uncontrollable situations and in specific environments.
Adoption of permanent measures is strongly advised to address and eliminate the root cause of mosquito breeding. You may want to seek help from our expert team.