Do not forget, after all, that mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases, such as West Nile virus.
Whether you are planning to spend time near the sea shore, or just enjoy a picnic outdoors, Here are the best ways to protect yourself and your home from mosquitoes.
1. Get rid of stagnant water near your home
Mosquitoes can breed in just 14 days in a minimal amount of water in an old pot, in some gutter or even in the water of the bird feeder.
2. Keep mosquitoes out
Use screens on windows if you have them open or use air conditioning to prevent mosquitoes from invading your home. Or if you do not have screens, you can put a mosquito net over your bed.
3. Use insect repellent
Just watch out for skin irritation and avoid spraying chemicals around the eyes or mouth. Ο Jonathan Day, a mosquito researcher at the University of Florida, suggests spraying on the ankles, the soles, the bottom of your legs and wrists. These are areas with softer skin that mosquitoes usually prefer.
4. Wear light colored clothes, especially outdoors
The dark colors (black, deep blue and deep red) stand out so as to attract mosquitoes. also, Thicker fabrics with looser fit offer more protection than thin clothes with a tight fit.
5. Stay indoors at dusk and dawn
Although mosquitoes can bite you at any time of the day, It is wise to limit your exposure during the hours you normally eat. If you can not avoid being out at these hours of the day, be sure to take other precautions (clothes and insect repellents).