30 Tips for Avoiding Mosquitos from 30 Tips for Avoiding Mosquitos
30 Tips for Avoiding Mosquitos
Mosquitoes bites can be an itchy nuisance, but they can also spread diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria and more. It's important to take the neccesary steps to avoid mosquitoes for your own comfort and health.
Use yellow lights
Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bug lights, which attract fewer bugs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Use insect repellent
The EPA keeps a list of products that are proven to be effective.
Careful with the spray
Do not spray repellent on your face, and use sparingly around your ears. Avoid cuts or irritated skin, and don’t spray in an enclosed area or near good.
Apply honey on bites in order to reduce swelling and prevent infection, according to AARP.
Seek medical attention
See a doctor if a mosquito bite causes you to break out in hives or have difficulty breathing.
Watch out for ticks
Mosquitos can spread dangerous diseases, but so can ticks. When traveling in wooded areas, use insect repellant with at least 20% active ingredient and check your body and clothes for ticks, especially around your hair, ear, underarms and legs.
Consider canceling travel if pregnant
Check the CDC’s website on areas at risk of Zika virus if you are pregnant or considering pregnancy. No insect repellent is 100% effective at preventing mosquito-borne illness.