Mosquito Safety Tips for Camping, Hiking, or Enjoying Outdoor Areas Away From Home

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If you’re a fan of Mosquito Squad of the Greater Atlanta area, you know how beneficial our mosquito barrier treatment can be for at-home outdoor living spaces. Reducing mosquitoes by 85-90% allows you to enjoy outdoor living with fewer annoyances. But are you following important mosquito safety tips when you leave home for outdoor activities elsewhere?

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way of lowering your risk for dangerous mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus and EEE. But, let us be real. The annoyance factor is most people’s motivator. So, if you want to enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking with fewer mosquito bites, follow these critical mosquito safety tips.

Treat Clothing and Equipment with Permethrin

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If you’re out camping in the wilderness or spending the day in the deep woods, treating your clothing and shoes is a great option for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, and other dangerous insects. Permethrin can be found in the same section as other mosquito repellents at sporting goods and home improvement stores.

There are two options. You can soak clothing and equipment in Permethrin. Or you can buy the mist. Once dry, your Permethrin-treated clothing and gear should be good for as many as six washes. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging.

Wear Long Sleeves and Pants

Covering your skin is an important way to avoid insect bites. And if you’re off the beaten path, we urge you to consider tucking your pants into your socks to avoid ticks crawling up under your pant legs. With the summer heat in Georgia, choose a moisture-wicking light fabric to avoid over-heating.

Use Mosquito Repellent on Exposed Skin

Insect repellent has come a long way. You can choose from sprays, lotions, and even convenient individually wrapped repellent wipes. The key to finding one that works well is reading the ingredients. DEET and picaridin will provide the best protection. If you prefer to go natural, lemon eucalyptus is effective but will need to be reapplied often.

The most popular mosquito repellents over the last few years are Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent, OFF! Deep Woods and Ben’s 100% DEET. Check out this recent article that ranks mosquito repellents to get a head start on choosing the right one for you.

Smelling like mosquito repellent is fine for camping, hiking, and working outdoors, but who wants to apply it every time you step in the backyard? Not me. And not your backyard cookout guests. For at-home outdoor enjoyment, deploy the experts at Mosquito Squad of the Greater Atlanta area to reduce your mosquitoes by 85-90%. Call today for a free quote.