Recently I talked about ways to deal with those pesky mosquito bites. Now today I was reading about ways to prevent them. Most were ones that I had heard about before, however, there were a few new ones that I thought I should share with you.

-Damien Sanchez, owner of DC Mosquito Squad, advises homeowners to use mosquito "dunks," which are small, doughnut-shaped tablets that release a bacteria that kills mosquito larvae. The bacteria is harmless to humans, plants, and animals, making dunks a good solution for potentially infested areas such as fish ponds, bird baths, and rain barrels. They are inexpensive and available on Amazon.

-If you're going to be slathering on sunblock and bug spray, apply them in that order. The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) recommends allowing the sunscreen to penetrate the skin for 20 minutes before using repellent, which can reduce the efficacy of sunscreen.

-It is also advisable to wear clothes that are pre-treated with permethrin. Insect Shield has an entire line of bug-resistant apparel, which is a good option for kids at summer camp, who may be too busy having fun to remember to reapply bug spray. Or, for avid gardeners in mosquito-prone areas.

-Or you can send your favorite camping, outdoor, or workout gear to Insect Shield to get it professionally treated. Their permethrin formula is odor-free, lasts 70 washes, and protects against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and more. Throw your clothes in their "easy packs" and they'll do all the work for you. (I luckily have never gotten bitten by chiggers, but I know people who have, and they would spend any amount of money not to go through that again.)

-Avoid wearing spandex and other lightweight, thin materials, which mosquitoes can bite right through. Instead, opt for tightly woven materials, which are more difficult for the bugs to penetrate. Clothing that provides UV protection is typically tightly woven and often protects against insect bites too.

-Trimmed trees and shrubs improve a property's air circulation. The increased air flow will physically push mosquitoes out of that area and remove the environment they thrive in.

In my opinion bugs are the worse part of summer and anything that we can do to avoid getting bitten is worth it!

Source: Excerpt from Country Living

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