If you spend any time outdoors, you know mosquito season is here... but now it's official.
The fatality rate from mosquitoes is estimated at over 700,000 people per year -- making this tiny insect more dangerous than sharks, wolves or snakes.
The best way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to remember the three Ds:
1. DRAIN: Empty out anything in your yard that collects water where mosquitoes can breed.
- Deny mosquitoes a place to breed by draining stagnant ponds and ditches.
- Keep water out of natural and artificial containers like bird baths, buckets, abandoned tires or other debris where it can accumulate.
- For ponds or water features, consider adding mosquito dunks (a round disk that contains a bacteria toxic to mosquito larvae) or a type of fish called a mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), which will eat mosquito larvae in the water.
2. DRESS: Your wardrobe matters if you want to fight the bite.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing -- preferably, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. (Tighter-fitting garments make it easier for mosquitoes to find your skin.)
- Permethrin-treated clothing can offer extra protection. This clothing has a "topical" effect that will kill or incapacitate mosquitoes that land on you. This clothing, combined with an effective "spatial" repellent (see #3), is the best combination for if you want the ultimate mosquito protection for your body.
- For yet another barrier, sleep under a mosquito net if you are bedding down outdoors.
3. DEFEND: A good mosquito repellent is a must whenever going outdoors.
- When you're on the go, use a long-lasting insect repellent like the Mosquito Repellent GoClip®. GoClip® is a "spatial" repellent, which reduces contact by creating an invisible barrier that inhibits the mosquito's ability to locate and land on a target.
- When entertaining in the backyard or sitting at your campground, protect yourself and your guests within a 300-square-foot area by using a spatial repellent like the Mosquito Repellent DecoShield® Lantern.