Have you heard of the Zika Virus that’s gone global?
There are no vaccines or treatments for Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that’s quickly spread across countries around the world, and may be responsible for thousands of birth defects.
The most effective way to avoid the Zika virus? Don’t get bit by a mosquito.
While this may seem like an impossible task during south Florida’s scorching hot (and bug-infested) summer months, there are steps you can take to ensure you go untouched.
Check out these 5 easy tips for mosquito prevention to ensure a safe and happy summer for you and your family.
Choose the Right Mosquito Repellent
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with active ingredients DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR 3535. Next time you’re at the convenience store, keep an eye out for those key ingredients.
However, the CDC does not recommend non-registered mosquito repellents such as citronella oil, cedar oil, geranium oil, peppermint and peppermint oil, “pure” oil of lemon eucalyptus (essential oil not formulated as a repellent), and soybean oil.
Mosquito repellent should be applied after sunscreen. Otherwise, your SPF may mask it.
Don’t wear repellent under clothing, as it won’t evaporate and may accumulate on the fabric.
Avoid spraying it on cuts or wounds.
To protect children, spray propellant on your hands before rubbing into your child’s skin. Avoid the eyes and mouth, and use the repellent sparingly around the ears. Do not spray infants less than two months old.
Follow the product’s instructions for re-application. Mosquito propellant is low maintenance, and typically does not need to reapplied as often as sunscreen.
It is recommended that you wear long pants with long sleeves to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Typically, baggier clothing offers the most protection.
For added protection, invest in clothing containing permethrin, a synthetic insecticide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined permethrin products are effective and safe for pregnant women and children.
Mosquitos can easily bite through spandex, so be wary of leggings, yoga pants, and workout gear.
Stick to shoes that offer full coverage, and don’t forget to wear socks. Complete your look with a hat and a pair of sunglasses.
Prepare Your Home
Mosquitos start to flourish when temperatures rise to 50 or 60 degrees Farenheit. The Aedes mosquitos feed during the day and seek homes for shade, living and reproducing very close to people.
Any amount of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitos. Eliminate standing water throughout your home, including flower pots, bottles, sinks, bath tubs, and accumulating garbage.
Keep in mind that there will be no need to drain your pool this summer. Mosquitos are deterred by the chlorine that keeps the pool clean and safe for swimming.
The best way to avoid the Zika virus is to avoid affected areas. Stay up to date on the whereabouts of Zika by checking the CDC’s regularly updated list of countries and territories with active Zika virus infestation.
If you must travel to an affected country, try to stay in air conditioned areas, sleep under mosquito nets, and use mosquito repellant religiously.
If you are pregnant, talk to your physician about traveling. Recently, the CDC issues an advisory for pregnant women to consider postponing travel to affected countries.
If your trip is already booked, check options with your airline. United, Delta, and American Airlines and three major airlines that allow qualified passengers to re-schedule their trips without cancellation fees.
Prevent Mosquitos with a South Florida Pest Control Company You Can Trust
Whether you need general pest management services, termite control, rodent removal, or even mosquito prevention services, AAA Riteway has you covered. The AAA Riteway team of pest control technicians are professionally trained to handle all pest control jobs both large and small.
If you are concerned about a mosquito infestation, we can help.
Discover the AAA Riteway Difference today! For a free inspection and pest control estimate, contact us at (954) 681-4179 or (561) 475-3231 to learn more about what our pest management services can do for you and your property.