VIDEO: Florida Department Of Health’s Tips For Mosquito Bite Protection
By Space Coast Daily // March 23, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: Consulting provides tips and techniques for preventing mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor activities.
Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosqutoes spread different diseases and bite at different times of the day.
Some mosquito species bite during the day, such as those mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses.
Other species of mosquitoes bite most often at dawn and dusk, including those that can transmit West Nile virus.
Here are some tips to protect you and your family against dangerous mosquito bites:
• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.
• Wear repellent when you are outdoors.
• Use products with active ingredients that are safe and effective.
• Always follow the product label instructions.
• Do not spray repellent on skin under clothing.
• If you use sunscreen, put sunscreen on first and insect repellent second.
• It is safe for pregnant or nursing women to use EPA-approved repellants if applied according to package label instructions. Learn more at www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents
If you have a baby or child:
• Always follow product instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
• Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
• Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, mouth, cut or irritated skin.
• Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months.
• Dress babies or small children in clothing that covers arms and legs.
• Cover cribs, strollers or baby carriers with mosquito netting
One of the best ways to protect yourself against mosquitos is to prevent opportunities for them to breed and multiply.
Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in and near standing water. As little as one teaspoon or bottle cap of water standing for more than one week is enough for mosquitoes to breed and multiply.
At your house or business, put away items that are outside and not being used because they could hold standing water.
In your garden, keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water. Some plants, such as bromeliads, hold water in their leaves—flush out water-holding plants with your hose once a week.
With these tips, you can keep you and your family safe throughout the warm months to come!