Many of the methods that can be used to protect your children from mosquito bites are either not potent enough to get rid of mosquitoes in house, or are only effective at managing mosquito bites after they occur.
Come summer and the mosquitoes are out in full force. You may have noticed ads for different insect repellents in stores, magazines, or on TV. With so many different products competing for your attention, it’s hard to know which are the most effective.
The weather is perfect for camping trips and playing outside, but there’s one problem; the weather is also perfect for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and the female mosquito needs fresh blood in order to lay her eggs.
Here are some of the methods that many people are familiar with, which can be helpful in combination with other methods, but are not sufficient on their own.
- Mosquito Nets
Mosquito nets do not prevent mosquitoes from entering your home; they only provide a thin barrier between the mosquito and your child. Every time the net is moved, its effectiveness is compromised.
Repellents contain DEET, and mosquito repellents that contain more than 10% of DEET are potentially harmful to your child’s health. To be effective, repellents have to be reapplied constantly, and with children, this can be a hard task to keep up with. Not to mention, your children will not enjoy the unpleasant feel or smell of repellents.
To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, you may want to dress your child up in long sleeve clothing; however, this is an impractical method and will result in your child feeling uncomfortable during warmer weather.
Keep your children from heading outdoors before dawn, and make sure that they are indoors before dusk. While this may keep your child away from mosquitoes while they are most active, there are still plenty of mosquitoes out in between these times.
In the event that your child is bitten by a mosquito, you can use items such as antibacterial wipes, anti-itch cream, calamine lotion, or ice packs to prevent swelling and irritation. However, these will not prevent future bites.
A more effective and less time-consuming method than any of those mentioned above is to hire a professional to spray your yard at intervals in order to kill and prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and other pests.
Having your yard sprayed periodically is a simple solution that will make your home a safe haven for your children to relax and play in, as well as relieve you of the stress of trying to keep up with several less effective methods.
Many mosquito control companies use chemicals that are non-toxic as well as easily degradable and will not interfere with your child’s outdoor experience.
Save the mosquito repellent for camping trips. When your children are playing at home, keep them protected from irritating mosquito bites by having your yard protected by a professional mosquito control company.