Feeling that itch? It’s hard to go outside without running into those pesky mosquitoes!

Today’s Parent shared some useful tips on how to handle mosquito bites & how to avoid these annoying bugs the best you can!

1. Don’t let them breed

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. One of the most effective ways to decrease mosquitoes is to get rid of standing water by emptying kiddie pools, planters and toys that collect water.

2. Avoid hot spots

Avoid areas with large populations of mosquitoes, and avoid being out at times when mosquitoes are most active—like dusk and dawn. Keep your window screens in good repair and doors closed to keep mosquitoes out. Mosquitoes like to hide in tall grass, so avoid those areas and keep your grass well cut. Strong house fans used outside on a patio or deck can also help to keep the little buggers away. Webb explains that the reason for this is twofold: First, mosquitoes don’t like to fly in a breeze; second, fans help to blow away the CO2 we exhale, making us less detectable to mosquitoes.

3. Create a barrier

Dress your child in light-coloured, loose, long-sleeved shirts tucked into long pants, and pants tucked into socks. Wear full-coverage shoes like running shoes and avoid sandals. Net covers for strollers can help to create a barrier between babies and bugs.

4. If you must, use bug spray

Children should only be exposed to small amounts of insect repellent chemicals. Click here to find out the best buy spray to use for your kids.



Click here for more information on how to protect your kids and yourself this summer season!