Many know that mosquito bites may be very dangerous, as they can transmit serious diseases, particularly if you have pets and kids. In fact, you are able to lower the risk of getting infected with one of these mosquito-transmitted diseases if follow several simple rules.
1. Use insect repellent with DEET.
Each time you go outside apply DEET to your exposed skin. DEET is another name for N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide – active component used in all the most popular insect repellents that are applied to the exposed skin. Although it doesn’t kill mosquitoes, it still repels them. Products based on N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide are marketed all over the world in different concentrations and forms developed to protect people from bites of ticks and insects, as well as life-threatening diseases those can carry.
2. Don’t use fragrant body products.
Insects are very often attracted by various body odors, which makes them choose some particular people among others in a crowd. Avoiding lotions, soaps, and perfumes containing heavy fragrances will help you find yourself among those the mosquitoes are less interested in.
3. Choose appropriate clothing.
When going outdoors, it is recommended that you wear socks, long pants, and long-sleeves. Since insects may bite through thin clothes, applying repellent with DEET or permethrin on clothes will provide you additional protection. However, it’s important to remember that you mustn’t spray repellents with permethrin on exposed skin, as well as you can’t apply repellent with DEET on the skin under the clothing.
4. Liquidate insects breeding places.
Since mosquitoes are very poor fliers, most of those insects that you see around your house usually come from your own place or your neighbors’. You can control their population by eliminating the potential locations mosquitoes can breed from your home and change the water daily in all containers like birdbaths, as these insects are able to breed in a mere teaspoon of water.
5. Take extra care in peak mosquito times.
Time from dusk to dawn is peak insects biting hours for many types of mosquitoes. If you have to go outside during these times, make sure you use both protective clothing and repellent.
6. Use modern means against mosquitoes.
Now new technologies are evolving, providing you with lots of innovations like mosquito traps, which can control mosquitoes outdoors. They work by luring insects into a special container and trap them till death, so that you could enjoy outdoor activities without fear.
In case you got bitten after all, take some measures too. Wash insects’ bites with mild soap and water, avoiding scratching the area, even though it itches badly. The itching may be relieved by anti-itch medicines like non-prescription cortisone creams or Calamine lotion. In case you have any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately: fever, painful headache, abrupt sensitivity to light, stiff neck, infection or extreme swelling of the bite area, muscle weakness or confusion.