Tips To Avoid Mosquito Bites
As you all know, the week-ends have been pretty hot in Orange County these last couple weeks, so what better way to cool off than jump on the motorcycle with T-Ball and take a ride to Julian for some of their famous apple pie. Let me tell you, if you haven’t tried it, you need to take a run down there. And as a bonus, it is a pretty amazing ride! But back to the point of my story; I promise there is one!
There we were, enjoying the curvy road that seemed like it was made for motorcycles in mind, when out of the blue, a little bug landed effortlessly on T-Ball’s shoulder for the briefest of moments. Obviously the bug did not realize that it had landed on T-Ball (the Exterminator God) because it actually stung him! Now we don’t know what kind of bug it was because it was smart enough to get the heck out of Dodge as soon as the deed was done, but it did bring to mind all the stinging insects that are out there. Right now the one in the news is mosquitoes because of the resurgence of the West Nile Virus. So what can you do to keep from becoming a victim of mosquitoes and possibly being exposed to the West Nile Virus?
Mosquitoes tend to feed in the early morning and late evening so be extra vigilant during these times. Of course, wearing clothing that completely covers your skin is a sure fire way to keep from being bitten, but with our temperatures hovering in the 90’s this does not seem very practical. So, when you are outdoors, make sure to wear skin protection containing Deet (something T- Ball did not do)! Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water, so do a thorough check around your property. That kiddie pool definitely helps to keep your kids cool, and maybe you too when no one’s looking, but make sure to empty it often to keep from attracting mosquitoes. While you’re at it, check for standing water underneath bushes and in containers such as pails, flower pots, and trash cans. And don’t forget to change the water in your pet’s water dish or in the bird bath. Keep mosquitoes from getting inside your home by making sure all your windows and doors have screens that fit securely. Check screens for holes and replace them if necessary. Replace your outdoor lights with yellow lights to keep from attracting mosquitoes at night.
If you have mosquitoes on your property, a pest control service is not usually needed. Find the water source that is attracting them, and let it dry out or empty out the offending water. Once the source is gone, the mosquitoes will be gone too!
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