How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in the North and East Bay
Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the spring and summer, making it important to learn how to keep them from biting you. The best mosquito bite prevention methods include the following.
- Schedule outdoor activities at times when mosquitoes are least active. Dawn and dusk are when they’re most active.
- Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard that may attract mosquitoes.
- When spending time outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to exposed skin and clothes. Always talk to your pediatrician before use on children.
Can Clothes Repel Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes can and will bite you wherever your skin is exposed. Especially in the summer when it’s warm, this puts your arms, legs, neck, and feet at risk. When possible, it’s recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts to limit skin exposure. In addition, wear pants, ideally tucked into socks, to keep your ankles protected as well. Research has shown that brighter colors help repel mosquitoes. Because mosquitoes are common in the summer, it can be difficult to wear warmer clothing for protection. When you have exposed skin, consider using an EPA-registered insect repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting you.
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Overnight Mosquito Bite Prevention
Dawn and dusk are the hours when mosquitoes are most active. In certain parts of the world, mosquitoes remain active overnight. Chances are, you’ve gone on an overnight camping trip only to wake up and discover dozens of bites. To keep mosquitoes from biting you at night, here’s what to do:
- Apply an EPA-registered repellent on exposed parts of your skin.
- Shower before bed to clean yourself of lingering scents.
- When indoors, keep your windows and screens closed.
- Consider putting up mosquito nets overnight.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants that are a bright color.
- Sleep with a fan on, as mosquitoes do not fare well with wind.
Mosquito Bite Prevention for Dogs & Cats
Mosquitoes typically prefer to bite people, but they can target your cats and dogs as well. To prevent bites on your pets, talk with your vet about choosing a dog or cat-safe mosquito repellent. In addition, be wary of walking your dog at dawn or dusk, which is when mosquitoes are most active. In addition, keep an eye on your pets when they are in your front or backyard. Make sure to look for scratching or signs your pets have been bitten.