Getting bitten by mosquitoes can be a nuisance. Mosquito bites can get swollen, irritated, and itchy. They can also look unsightly. However, after just a few days the swelling goes down and the bite disappears.
However, the mosquitoes are not just annoying but also considered by experts one of the deadliest animals in the world. As a vector for disease, they have killed more humans than any other animal in history. So, being bitten by mosquitoes is more than just a discomfort sensation; it can literally be deadly.
How do we stop mosquitoes from spreading disease?
Well, as a country, New Zealand is taking steps to stop exotic mosquitoes from arriving. Once they do get here, we also have programs designed to limit or stop them from breeding. While both of these preventative programs have been somewhat successful, the reality remains that mosquitoes are a problem for New Zealand.
As individuals, it is important to try to avoid mosquito bites. The fewer mosquito bites you get, the lower your chances of getting a mosquito-borne disease.
You may hear advice to wear long sleeves and long pants if you go outside. While that advice is true, it is not practical. Who wants to run around in the summer completely covered. But, still, if you are heading into a place where you know you will encounter mosquitoes, choosing light weight clothing that reduces the exposure of bare skin is a great way to avoid bites.
You can also use mosquito spray with DEET ingredient in it. You can also choose products with picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil work, too. Insect repellents are very effective at keeping mosquitoes off of you, even though they are less effective at keeping them out of the area.
In your house, make sure you have screens in your windows. If you have problems with getting mosquitoes in your room, try mosquito nets over your bed. You can also use air conditioning, which can discourage mosquitoes.
Looking for a better outdoor solution? Contact Flick. We offer mosquito repellent systems that can keep your yard mosquito free for the whole season.
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