Most mosquito bites are harmless, and they’ll usually subside in a few days. However, the chance that you will contract mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Zika, is becoming more likely. Now, more than ever, you will want to protect yourself and loved ones with a few simple recommendations.

Get Rid of Any Standing Water around Your Home

Standing water is one of the most common ways pesky mosquitoes are able to thrive. Avoid having open water areas or containers around the house that might enable mosquitoes to breed. Refresh pet water dishes and bird baths frequently.  Pick up and haul away all trash piles, junk cars, bottles, old tires and cans and similar objects that hide and hold water from around house.

 

Use Mosquito Nets and Screens

If you live in a warm climate or just like the fresh air, install mesh screens on doors and windows to prevent those buggers form getting inside.  Mosquito nets allow air to easily pass through, but have small enough openings to keep mosquitoes and other biting insects out. Make sure your patio is screened too!

Stay Indoors During Peak Feeding Times

Most mosquitoes like to feed at dawn and dusk and will continue to feed a few hours thereafter. Try to avoid going outside during those times, but if you can’t stay away from the outdoors, remember to protect yourself with repellent and loose clothing that cover you for added protection. Walking outside during these common feeding times will be one sure way to get bitten. Also, be aware that some species of mosquitoes feed around the clock.

Use Mosquito Repellents Frequently

Mosquito repellents mask skins odors that are most attractive to mosquitoes. You want to be sure to cover all of exposed skin if possible. A repellent containing DEET or another proven chemical “blinds” the receptors mosquitoes use to pick up on skin odors. This makes it hard for them to locate their prey.  Another sure way to avoid bites is to reapply frequently, as directed.

NET effect is a highly effective insect repellent that will prevent mosquito and other insect bites.  Although there are many ways to combat mosquitoes, combining these tips with NET effect, your DEET roll-on insect repellent, will provide the best overall protection and a sure fire way to chase away unwelcome pests.