While many people love spending time outside in the warm summer weather, what all of these people would prefer to avoid are the bugs that often come along with this type of weather. But luckily, with the right planning and preparation, you can find ways to avoid getting bothered by even the most annoying and hazardous bugs.
To show you how this can be done with one type of bug in particular, here are three ways to avoid mosquito bites when outside in the summer.
Use DEET and Bug Sprays Effectively
If you’re going to be spending time outside in an area where you know mosquitoes will be, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of mosquito bites that you’ll get is to use bug sprays that contain DEET.
According to Korin Miller and Markham Heid, contributors to Prevention.com, using DEET is usually only dangerous if you inhale or swallow it. With this in mind, you should be careful about how you put it on your body, both for your health and safety as well as to be most effective. Rather than spraying it on your clothes or body, it’s best to spray it on your hands and then rub it on the areas of your skin that are exposed and have veins closest to the skin so as to give you the best protection from mosquito bites.
Avoid Standing Water
There are certain types of environments that attract mosquitoes more than others. So to avoid getting a lot of mosquito bites, you should avoid the areas where they tend to thrive.
According to Deniz Sahinturk, a contributor to Everyday Health, mosquitoes use any bit of standing water as a breeding ground. This means that you’ll usually find the largest amount of mosquitoes hovering around water of any kind. So if you can help it, try to avoid being around lakes, ponds, pools, puddles, gutters, or anything else that has accumulated water.
If there’s now way for you to avoid being in an area where you know mosquitoes will be present and you also don’t want to spray yourself down with DEET, your next best option is to simply cover yourself up as much as possible.
Ideally, Colleen De Bellefonds, a contributor to Women’s Health Magazine, recommends that you wear clothes that are specifically designed to repel mosquitoes. However, if you don’t have these brands, you can also just wear long sleeves, pants, shoes, a scarf, and other items to help you cover up as much of your skin as possible, since mosquitoes can’t bite your skin if they don’t have access to it.
If you love being outside but hate getting mosquito bites, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you avoid them.
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