Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. They carry a number of potentially serious diseases. You don’t have to stay indoors to avoid mosquito bites, though. Advanced IPM helps customers in San Jose, CA, and other cities in the region stay healthy all year round. These four tips go beyond insect repellant to protect you and your loved ones.
Avoid Smelling Good to Mosquitoes
Working out causes you to produce more carbon dioxide and emit lactic acid through your skin, making you more attractive to mosquitoes. If you plan on exercising outdoors, opt for daytime sessions, when mosquitoes are less active. Pregnant women also produce higher amounts of CO2, making it riskier for them to venture outside after dusk. Body odor is equally attractive to these pests, so shower and wear fresh clothing before heading outdoors to help prevent bacteria build-up.
Make Yourself Repulsive to Mosquitoes
Garlic, on the other hand, is a mosquito repellent. Whether you eat it or take it in supplement form, a build-up of garlic in your system makes you less vulnerable to mosquito bites. If you’re not a fan of garlic, an effective insect repellent is helpful when entering damp or otherwise mosquito-prone areas.
Protect Yourself with the Right Fabrics
Choose your clothing wisely. Warm weather may mean bare arms and legs for many, but long sleeves and pants in lightweight fabrics can keep you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes this summer. Treat clothing with permethrin or buy clothes that have already been treated with this repellent. One great benefit of permethrin is that it remains in fabrics for several washes.
Guard Your Home Against Mosquito Invaders
Make sure screens are in good repair and fit tightly inside window and door frames. Regularly empty bird baths and other structures where water can accumulate. Fans do double-duty in the war against mosquitoes. They confuse mosquitoes by dissipating carbon dioxide, and the breeze they create makes it difficult or impossible for mosquitoes to land and bite you. Mosquito nets help keep these pests at bay outdoors or when draped over the bed.
If Mosquitoes Won’t Buzz Off – Call Advanced IPM
You don’t have to fall victim to mosquito bites. From dressing strategically and wearing insect repellant to making your home and lawn less mosquito-friendly, there are plenty of ways to keep your family comfortable and pest-free this summer. If a mosquito infestation is already underway, Advanced IPM can help. We offer environmentally-conscious, effective treatment plans for these and other pests in San Jose, CA, and other area communities.