How to avoid mosquitoes

Here a list of ways you can avoid mosquitoes and not get bitten:

Avoid stagnant water.

Mosquitoes like still water, so if you are in a mosquito-infested area, try to avoid lakes, swamps, stagnant creeks, marshes, and bogs. mosquitoes typically lay their eggs in these locations, and many species then stay in the vicinity.

Mosquitoes can also lay eggs in smaller containers, like flowerpots, bird baths, and drainage ditches, as long as there is sufficient water. The eggs of the Aedes aegypti mosquito can even stay in dry places for months, waiting for water; then, when water appears, they hatch. Therefore, be cautious of any man-made sources of standing water as well: whenever possible, keep pools, ditches, tires, containers, storm drains, and any low places on a piece of property covered.

Keep cool.

Mosquitoes are attracted to warm-blooded creatures. Avoid wearing dark clothes in the sunlight, as they absorb more heat, and don’t exercise too strenuously, as you will get warmer and breathe more heavily, attracting mosquitoes with the carbon dioxide you exhale.

Cover your skin.

Wear long sleeves, long pants, and loose clothing, and look for fabric that’s not too thin – mosquitoes can bite you through very thin material.
Consider purchasing special camping clothes, which are made from lightweight but sturdy fabric.

Use mosquito repellant.

There are a variety of products on the market to repel mosquitoes, and they come in creams, lotions, sprays, and sticks. Apply directly to your skin when outdoors, and, if you will also be using sunscreen, be sure to put the sunscreen on first, then the mosquito repellant. Avoid applying repellant around your eyes, mouth, and hands, and do not apply to irritated or broken areas of skin.
Make sure to help small children; do not allow them to handle mosquito repellants themselves.

Avoid peak hours of mosquito activity.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a daytime insect, most active from two hours after sunrise to a few hours before sunset. Research local species of mosquitoes, and try to adjust your activities accordingly.

Read Also: Signs that you are infected with malaria

Stay in well-screened or air-conditioned rooms or houses.

Fine-mesh aluminum or wire screens should cover windows and doorways. To be safest, keep doors and windows closed as well.

Sleep under a mosquito net.

Mosquito nets have very small holes that allow air to pass through but keep insects out. Secure the net to one or more surfaces, and hang it in such a way that it does not touch you – mosquitoes can bite you through it.
Consider looking for mosquito nets that are pretreated with insect repellants. These are typically used for malaria control, but they may work to prevent yellow fever as well.
Remember to check your mosquito net periodically for holes, and fix them immediately if you see any.

Consider spraying insecticides.

Malathion, permethrin, and other insecticides will kill many mosquitoes, as will other commercial preparations made for inside spaces, but they are also very poisonous and should not be used by just anyone you need to be properly trained and equipped with protective clothing.

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