One of our goals at Mosquito Authority is to educate the public about mosquitoes, the potential they have to carry diseases, and how to control them. We know that even if you are one of our clients and your yard is protected, eventually you’ll have to leave your property and you will encounter mosquitoes.
The “Drain, Dress, Defend” method is a very effective way for protecting against mosquitoes.
- Drain and remove standing water, as mosquitoes only need a tablespoon of water to lay eggs.
- Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing (long pants and sleeves when appropriate).
- Defend yourself using EPA-registered repellents.
EPA-registered repellents are reviewed and approved to pose minimal risk when used properly. The most effective ingredients to look for in a repellent are DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Most products are not for children under 2 months, so make sure to check with a medical professional to find out what to use.
Over-the-counter repellents are safe to use on skin, but make sure you read the instructions and warnings before applying. If any irritations occur, discontinue use, wash the area, and seek medical advice. Additionally, the duration of efficacy varies, so make sure you are reapplying repellent as directed.
Check out Prevention Magazine for product reviews and recommendations for what products to use this summer if you happen to be outside in an area which is not mosquito-free.