As the weather warms, all your kids want to do is get outside with their toys, their friends, and their pets. However, potential mosquito exposure can make this difficult. Luckily, there are numerous steps that you can take to keep your kids safer from mosquito bites, including the following:
Eliminate Standing Water on Your Property
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in and around standing water. Removing standing water from your property helps eliminate their breeding ground, preventing them from hatching out on your property in large amounts. Remove items like flower pots, buckets, children's swimming pools, and any other items that could hold standing water on your property.
Cover Windows with Screens
Leaving windows or covered porches open without screens provides mosquitoes easy access to the members of your family, where they can bite them and cause serious medical issues. It's vitally important to not let children sleep in rooms without screened windows, as this can expose them to dangerous diseases.
Stay Inside at Dusk and Dawn
Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so keeping your kids inside during these times can help limit their exposure to diseases. Consider setting family rules about when children and teens are allowed to be outdoors, as increased mosquito exposure can be deadly. During 2020, in fact, some states went so far as to adjust sports practice schedules for public schools and activities to limit potential mosquito exposure.
Dress Your Kids for Mosquito Safety
If your kids must be outside during the hours between dusk and dawn, be sure that they're wearing long-sleeved shirts and using a bug repellent mist. This can help reduce the risk of mosquito bites and limit their exposure to diseases like Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, both of which are spread by mosquitoes.
Consider Professional Mosquito Control
If you want to be able to enjoy your backyard or patio safely, without worrying about potential mosquito exposure, it may be time to consider hiring a professional company for backyard mosquito control. Mosquito Squad of Southwest and South Central Michigan can provide the mosquito protection you need. We'll treat your entire property, so that your kids, their friends, and your pets can all enjoy your patio and backyard safely. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southwest and South Central Michigan today at (269) 340-3580 to schedule your first treatment.