Protecting against mosquito bites is one of the first things that should be on your mind when it comes to planning for outdoor summer activities. The peak of mosquito season, late summer, is nearly among us. Now is the time to get your ducks in a row regarding the best mosquito protection.
First, it is useful to know when and where mosquitoes are likely to thrive. Mosquitoes can be found in warm months especially in areas with humid or wet climates. Typically, the closer you are to a forest or wildlife setting, the more likely it is mosquitoes will be present. Protecting against mosquitoes is especially important for summer camping trips.
If you choose not to use an insect repellent spray and prefer an all-natural approach to fending off pesky mosquitoes, you have plenty of options. The best thing you can do is wear long sleeves. Cover as much of your exposed skin as possible. Even in times of high temperatures, loose-fitting, light-colored, long-sleeved clothing is great for decreasing your exposure to mosquitoes.
Additionally, avoid wearing fragrances or scented lotions. The chemicals in these products attract mosquitoes. Also, since mosquitoes find their targets visually, wearing clothing that blends into the background can help make you less of a target.
Do not dwell around standing water; such places are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. It is useful to note that mosquitoes tend to feed in the early morning and late evening hours. Avoid being outdoors during these times when possible.
Citronella candles are very useful when spending time outdoors in a static location. These work much more effectively than bug zappers which are pretty overrated as a mosquito repellent device.
The odds of receiving an illness such as the West Nile virus from a mosquito are very low. In general, the real threat of mosquito-borne diseases have been blown out of proportion by media outlets. However, although diseases transfered via mosquito bites are rare, they still happen. Consider that a person who receives 20 mosquito bites over the course of the summer is 10 times more likely to receive a mosquito borne illness than someone who is only bitten twice and you can see that taking some basic steps to prevent mosquito bites can prove fruitful.