You’re peacefully enjoying the beauty of the setting sun, when a familiar buzzzzzz enters your ear. It’s quickly followed up by a painful, annoying bite on your arm, then your ankle and once again you’re forced to retreat indoors.
Sound familiar? If you live in the Fort Myers or Naples area, you’ve probably wondered…
“How do I prevent mosquito bites?”
This is the fourth of 7 Things YOU Need to Know About Southwest Florida Mosquitoes, a FREE eBook provided by Larue Pest Management, Inc.
How in the world do you prevent mosquito bites when you live in a place where they’re around every corner?
Preventing mosquito bites in Southwest Florida can be a challenge, but taking a few precautions can save you a lot of pain in the long run!
Mosquito bites are most common at dawn and dusk, but bites can occur at any time of the day. It makes sense to avoid staying outdoors for long periods of time around dawn and dusk and be especially cautious in heavily wooded areas.
When you need to be outside, wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeve shirts and pants will provide extra protection and avoid wearing perfumes or scented lotions.
Insect repellants are a great way of preventing mosquito bites when you are spending time in your yard and the Center for Disease Control recommends products that contain the following active ingredients:
- DEET (Off!, Cutter)
- Picaridin (Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (Repel and Off! Botanicals)
- IR3535 (Skin So Soft, Bug Guard Plus)
Many Floridians invest in a screened in patio or lanai which allows you to be outside, but still have a protective barrier between you and the bugs. Make sure to use a fine mesh screen, and keep it in good repair because insects and mosquitoes can easily make their way in through holes and tears.
Keep windows and doors closed at all times, unless they are screened. Your house provides the best protection from mosquitoes. Don’t forget your car windows, keep them rolled up to avoid getting bites in the car!
While screens are effective, their not always a welcome addition to your home. We understand! Screens can block your view and be expensive to install, so we have two additional ways that you can prevent mosquito bites in your yard.
We’ll significantly reduce the mosquito populations on your property by identifying key breeding sites and applying mosquito control products to them, April through October.
Designed to blend in with your landscape, this mosquito control system provides year-round protection against mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other annoying outdoor pests around your home and yard. A remote control is even provided for immediate reduction during peak periods.
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