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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Central TN

In spring and summer, it can sometimes seem like mosquito bites are inevitable. Though these pests are widespread, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and prevent mosquito bites in Central TN:

  • Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. If you schedule outdoor activities at other times, you’ll avoid the vast majority of mosquito activity.
  • Standing water attracts mosquitoes. They lay eggs in it. Puddles and pools of standing water should be eliminated as they are one of the worst sources of mosquitoes.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors. 
  • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to exposed skin and clothes. Always talk to your pediatrician before use on children.
a murfreesboro resident with mosquito bites all over

Wear Clothing that Helps Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes will try to bite any exposed skin. This is why you get most bites on your arms, legs, neck, feet, and hands – but you can get them anywhere. Long-sleeved shirts can prevent bites by limiting skin exposure, as well as pants, ideally tucked into your sucks. If someone says it looks silly, remember that you’ll have the last laugh when your legs are the only ones that are bite-free. If it’s too hot to wear long sleeves and pants, consider using an EPA-registered insect repellent.

Research has also shown that wearing bright colors can help repel mosquitoes.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites While Sleeping

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, but you can bet that if they find you at night they will not rest until their hunger is satisfied. Many people have learned this fact by waking up during a camping trip and discovering mosquitoes devoured them overnight. 

Some of the most effect ways to prevent mosquito bites while you’re asleep include:

  1. Using mosquito nets
  2. Sleeping in long-sleeved shirts and pants
  3. Sleeping with a fan on (mosquitoes do not fare well with wind)
  4. Showering before bed to remove lingering scents
  5. Keeping your windows shut (if indoors)

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites on Dogs and Cats

Humans aren’t the only ones that mosquitoes feed on. These pests will also bite your pets if given the opportunity. 

If this concerns you, talk with your vet about choosing a dog or cat-safe mosquito repellent. In addition, consider walking your dog at times other than dawn or dusk, which is when mosquitoes are most active. 

During the spring, take precautions to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes. Eliminating standing water is a must. Watch for scratching or signs your pets have been bitten by mosquitoes.

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites In Murfreesboro TN

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