How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Baton Rouge
During the spring and summertime, mosquitoes are in full force here in Baton Rouge LA. The biggest concern with an increase in mosquito activity is, of course, an increased risk of getting bitten. To prevent mosquito bites, here’s what to do:
- Plan outdoor activities at times when mosquitoes are least active, which is typically in the middle of the day as opposed to dawn or dusk.
- Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard that may attract mosquitoes.
- If and when you are outside in the summer, avoid skin exposure by wearing long-sleeved shirts & pants
- Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to skin and clothes. Always talk to your pediatrician before use on children.
Mosquitoes bite people where their skin is exposed, which is why bites are common on the legs, ankles, arms, and neck. When possible, it’s best to wear long-sleeved shirts or pants to limit skin exposure. Additionally, it’s best to wear loose-fitting clothes, as mosquitoes can still pierce through fitted clothing. Needless to say, these rules can be difficult to abide by in the summertime. When you can’t wear covered clothing, it’s recommended to use an EPA-registered insect repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting you. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for instructions on applying mosquito repellent on you or a family member.
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Overnight Mosquito Prevention
Because mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, they commonly bite people overnight. In fact, many people have woken up during a camping trip only to discover they’ve been devoured by mosquitoes overnight. To prevent mosquito bites while you are asleep:
- Put up mosquito nets while sleeping.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants that are a bright color.
- Sleep with a fan on, as mosquitoes do not fare well with wind.
- Apply an EPA-registered repellent.
- Shower before bed to clean yourself of lingering scents.
- If indoors, keep your windows shut.
How to Prevent Mosquito Bites on Dogs & Cats
We all know mosquitoes bite people, but what about animals? Unfortunately, mosquitoes can and will easily bite your cat or dog. To keep your pets safe, talk with your vet about choosing a dog or cat-safe mosquito repellent. In addition, be wary of walking your dog at dawn or dusk, which is when mosquitoes are most active. Make sure to look for scratching or signs your pets have been bitten by mosquitoes.
How To Prevent Mosquito Bites In Baton Rouge in Louisiana
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