As a parent, when you think of the deadly animals that can harm your children, you begin to think about large, predatory cats, wild dogs, massive bears, or even venomous spiders and snakes. In reality, the biggest danger to your children is much smaller and much more likely to encounter your child every year. This lethal animal is quick, small, and prolific. This deadly animal is a mosquito.
Mosquitos are so deadly because they carry and transmit deadly human diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and the Zika virus. These diseases kill millions of people each year. Unfortunately, the Zika virus has made its way into the United States with 254 cases having been reported in the United States for 2017 alone, according to the CDC.
If you’re concerned about your children’s exposure to the dangers that mosquitoes carry, there are some proactive ways you can utilize to protect your kids.
Wear Long Clothing
While it is uncomfortable to wear long clothing during the summer months, it can be infinitely valuable for your kids to cover up their arms and legs. Less skin made available to these terrible blood-suckers means that they’re less likely to sniff out your child to bite them. It also makes it more difficult for the mosquito to get to your child’s skin if it’s covered in a layer of clothing.
Wear Insect Repellent
This is a very popular method to deal with mosquitos. Insect repellents usually consist of a certain chemical called DEET that is said to repel insects. If you don’t wish to spray this chemical on your children, there are natural insect repellent options that contain essential oils instead. Citronella oil is a very popular natural insect repellent.
There are many different formulas and brands of insect repellent on the market. Be sure to shop around to choose the best formula for you and your family.
Don’t Go Out During Peak Mosquito Times
The best way to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes is to not go outside during the house which mosquitoes are most active. These times are dawn and dusk. While it can be frustrating to keep yourselves locked inside of your home just to avoid insects, considering the types of diseases they can carry, it’s ultimately worth it.
Also, be sure that if you open your windows for fresh air at dawn or dusk that you have a screen to prevent them from flying in. A screen door for your open doors will help as well.
Get Rid of Standing Water
This sounds like a weird way to protect your children from mosquitoes, but it is a vital preventative measure. Female mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in standing water that’s contained within manmade structures. By riding your yard of all outside standing water, you are moving mosquito hatching grounds further away from your home. This is a great way to get rid of mosquitoes from your yard. Be sure to mention this to your neighbors as well.
Install A Mosquito Trap
There are ways that you can build your own mosquito trap. The hardest part of a mosquito trap is attracting them because mosquitoes are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide. Fortunately, there are some ingenious trap designs that help to bypass those requirements or assimilate them into their construction. All you would need to do is build one of these traps, set it outside, and let it take care of your mosquito problem for you.
If you’re not interested in crafting a mosquito trap by hand, there are high-quality manufactured traps you can purchase online. Some of them come highly recommended with glowing reviews. However, building one cost time and money. A professional, stress-free way to rid your yard of these deadly pests would be to contact a pest control company to utilize their inexpensive mosquito control services.
Mosquito bites can be annoying. They’re itchy, they swell, and they can keep you from falling asleep with how irritated they get. But these minor inconveniences pale in comparison to how many deadly diseases these insects spread. Take all the precautions you can to protect your kids from these truly dead animals.