Summer Bug Bites and How to Prevent Them
Use the Right Type of Repellant
Bug and insect repellants can prevent bites. These repellants contain odors that are considered foul to pests but not bothersome for humans. Repellant can be applied directly to the skin and worn while outdoors. Many of the best types of repellants are made with at least 20 percent DEET. Other natural items that can be rubbed on the skin and used as repellant include:
Tea tree oil
Clothing that covers the arms, legs and other areas of the body where skin may be exposed can keep bugs from reaching the skin. Wearing a hat is also a good idea. Clothes with bright colors could attract bugs and should not be worn in areas where pests are known to gather. In areas where the number of pests is particularly high, a shield that covers the face and head may need to be worn.
Eliminate Standing Water
Water that is left to stand around properties provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Any standing water that is found in bird baths, garbage cans and recycling bins should be drained to keep bugs away. Water that is left standing for too long in pet bowls can also attract bugs.
Take Precautions for Sleeping
Bugs often prey on people who are asleep and at their most vulnerable. To avoid getting bitten while sleeping, it’s best to take precautions such as:
Changing and cleaning sheets often
Using a bed net
Lighting repellant candles
Seal All Doors and Windows
Bugs can get into homes through cracks in the frames of doors and windows that are not sealed properly. Caulking materials made of acrylic latex or silicon often work great in sealing cracks.
Old or loose caulk should be scraped away before applying new caulking material. Replacing certain doors and windows can also help keep bugs at bay.
Summer doesn’t always have to include getting a lot of bug bites.
The right preventative measures can help ensure personal safety and keep these pesky critters from feeding on human hosts.