Mosquito Safety for Kids
As fall approaches, the weather is perfect for camping trips and playing outside, but there’s one problem; the weather is also perfect for mosquitoes to copy and multiply, and the female mosquito needs fresh blood in order to lay her eggs.
Whether your children would rather play in their bedroom or out in your back yard, you always want to keep them safe and protected. Many of the methods that can be used to protect your children from mosquito bites are either not potent enough to keep mosquitoes out of your home, or are only effective at managing mosquito bites after they occur.
Here are some of the methods that many people are familiar with, which can be helpful in combination with other methods, but are not sufficient on their own.
Mosquito nets: Mosquito nets do not prevent mosquitoes from entering your home; they only provide a thin obstacle between the mosquito and your child. Every time the net is moved, its effectiveness is compromised.
Repellents: Repellents contain DEET, and mosquito repellents that contain more than 10% of DEET are potentially unhealthy to your child’s health. To be effective, repellents have to be reapplied regularly, and with children, this can be a hard task to keep up with. Not to mention, your children will not enjoy the unpleasant feel or smell of repellents.
Clothing: To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, you may want to dress your child up in long sleeve clothing; however, this is an impractical method, and will consequence in your child feeling uncomfortable during warmer weather.
Habits: Keep your children from heading outdoors before dawn, and make sure that they are indoors before dusk. While this may keep your child away from mosquitoes while they are most active, there are nevertheless plenty of mosquitoes out in between these times.
Antidotes: In the event that your child is bitten by a mosquito, you can use items such as anti bacterial wipes, anti-itch cream, calamine lotion, or ice packs to prevent swelling and irritation. However, these will not prevent future bites.
A more effective and less time-consuming method than any of those mentioned above is to hire a specialized to spray your yard at intervals in order to kill and prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and other pests.
Having your yard sprayed regularly is a simple solution will make your home a safe haven for your children to relax and play in, in addition as relieve you of the stress of trying to keep up with several less effective methods. Many mosquito control companies use chemicals that are nontoxic in addition as easily degradable and will not interfere with your child’s outdoor experience.
Save the mosquito repellent for camping trips. When your children are playing at home, keep them protected from irritating mosquito bites by having your yard protected by a specialized mosquito control company.