Mosquito Protection

 

Date: June 9th, 2016

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Mosquitoes can ruin a perfect summer night just as quickly as they can extract blood from you.

Not only are these pests annoying, they can be dangerous. Although the likelihood of contracting a disease from an insect bite is very small, it still makes sense to protect yourself.

 

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Mosquito Attractants

The first step in protecting yourself from these pests is to make sure you stay away from items that attract mosquitoes. Listed below are known attractants:


Dark Clothing

Many mosquitoes use vision to locate hosts from a distance. Dark clothes and foliage are initial attractants.


Incandescent Lights

Mosquitoes are attracted to incandescent lights. For outdoor lighting, considering installing fluorescent lights.


Carbon Dioxide

More carbon dioxide is released from your body when you are hot or have been exercising. Fire also is a source of carbon dioxide.


Lactic Acid

Similar to carbon dioxide, you release more lactic acid when you have been exercising. Lactic acid is also released after eating certain foods (e.g., salty foods, high-potassium foods).


Floral or Fruity Fragrances

In addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.


Skin Temperature

Many mosquitoes are attracted to the slightly cooler temperatures of the extremities.


Moisture

Mosquitoes are attracted by perspiration due to the chemicals it contains and  because it increases the humidity around your body. Even small amounts of water (moist plants or mud puddles) will draw mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.


Items That Lower Repellent Effectiveness

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Next, you should know what things have been proven to lower repellent effectiveness. These items will work against you:


  • Multiple sunscreens
  • Dilution from rain, perspiration, or swimming
  • Absorption into the skin
  • Evaporation from wind or high temperature










So, how do you repel mosquitoes?

  • Wear long-sleeved, light colored shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • Use a repellent on exposed skin and on thin clothing - mosquitoes can bite through thin layers.
  • Tight-fitting screens on windows and doors will keep mosquitoes out.
  • Minimize mosquito-breeding areas by removing all sources of standing water, including plant saucers. Empty and replace birdbaths and pet tubs or buckets at least twice weekly.
  • When on your deck or porch, consider placing a fan nearby. Mosquitoes do not like wind currents and will stay away.
  • Adult mosquitoes like to congregate in extraneous vegetation. Weed whack these areas to get rid of mosquito hang out spots.
  • Bats can be a homeowners best friend. Although they may scare some people, a bat can be an immense help in mosquito control. Read this article to learn how bats can help you.

 

 

By following this information guide, you can be well on your way to a less scratchy, safer, and more enjoyable summer!

 

 

If you have any further questions, email them to AskMax@CountryMax.com, or visit your local CountryMax store today!


Source: http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork/a/aa050503a.htm



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