5 surefire ways to prevent mosquito bites.

July 12, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

 

Though there have been no locally acquired Zika cases reported in the United States, that hasn’t prevented the majority of us from getting nervous about the devastating, debilitating disease. And understandably so; the disease has spread like wildfire throughout Central and South America and is easily contracted through sexual contact.

Mosquitoes are the number one killer in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that 725,000 die a year due to mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carry and spread malaria, West Nile virus, Elephantiasis, dengue fever and yellow fever. So yeah, they’re scary.

But don’t freak out just yet. Chances are you’ll be fine, and there are several helpful ways you can prevent mosquito bites. Here are some of our favorites below.

Use insect repellant. Well, duh. That’s a given. But what kind you wear is important. Below are the repellants that the CDC recommends. Though a recent study confirmed that OFF Deep Woods (Deet 25%) is most effective for preventing mosquitos bites, if you’re into natural remedies, Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent was the second most effective.

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Make sure to wear clothing that covers your skin. Long sleeves, long pants and high socks are a good place to start.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so make sure that all areas of standing water around your house are dumped out. Check for flower pots, garbage cans, kiddie pools…anything that can hold water.

Mosquitoes enjoy being out–and biting–at dawn and dusk, so try to avoid being outside during these hours.

Many sites will suggest that wearing white, eating bananas or garlic, drinking beer or using citronella candles will help deter mosquitoes. These have not been proven to help, but you know, it probably doesn’t hurt to try anyways. At least you’ll be enjoying a beer and a banana in lovely white clothing while smelling citronella.

P.S. Our very own Executive Vice President, Andrew, an avid outdoorsman, wants to highlight that Thermacell and mosquitoes dunks work great for him.