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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Florida

During the warm months in Florida, mosquitoes become particularly problematic. To minimize the risk of bites:

  • Plan outdoor activities outside of peak mosquito hours, which are typically dawn and dusk.
  • Remove any stagnant water from your property to deter mosquito breeding.
  • Opt for protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Use an EPA-approved insect repellent on both skin and clothing, and consult a pediatrician before applying it to children.
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What to Wear to Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes often target exposed skin, particularly on the arms, legs, neck, feet, and hands. To minimize the risk of bites, it is advisable to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, ideally with the pants tucked into socks to safeguard the ankles. Opting for lighter-colored clothing may also help as research suggests that bright colors can deter mosquitoes. Additionally, applying an EPA-registered insect repellent to any exposed skin is crucial for preventing bites.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites While Sleeping

Mosquito activity peaks at dawn and dusk, which can lead to unwelcome bites during sleep, especially while camping:

  1. Employ mosquito nets for protection while sleeping.
  2. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in bright colors for added safety.
  3. Use a fan while sleeping to disrupt mosquito flight patterns.
  4. Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent before bed.
  5. Shower before bedtime to remove scents that attract mosquitoes.
  6. Keep windows closed if sleeping indoors to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites on Dogs & Cats

Mosquitoes will also target pets, biting dogs and cats alike. To protect your pets, it is important to consult with your veterinarian to identify suitable mosquito repellents that are safe for animal use. Walking pets should be avoided during the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. Furthermore, eliminating standing water in your yard during the spring can reduce mosquito breeding sites, decreasing their population. Regularly check your pets for signs of discomfort or excessive scratching, which could indicate mosquito bites.

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