About Mosquito Season
Whether kids are spending time at camp, in the backyard, or the neighbourhood park, parents must take charge when it comes to preventing insect bites and ensuring a Bug Smart summer. Some mosquitoes can be carriers for diseases such as West Nile virus
Parents can do several things to prevent mosquito bites. First, don’t leave protection to chance by relying on home remedies, bath oils or gadgets such as ultrasonic repellers. Your children are not always by your side, so it’s important to educate them about the dangers of biting insects.
Here are some simple precautions that can be taken to help make you and your children less appealing to mosquitoes:
- Wear light coloured clothing when outside — mosquitoes prefer darker shades that radiate heat.
- Don’t use strong fragrances — heavily scented toiletries such as soap and perfume may attract mosquitoes.
- Apply a federally registered repellent.
- Small children may be protected with mosquito netting
- Stay inside at dawn and dusk — these are the times when mosquitoes are most active.
- Clean up the yard — mosquitoes will lay their eggs in virtually anything that will accumulate water. As little as a tablespoon of water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Cut back dense vegetation where mosquitoes like to rest.