How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Long Island
Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the spring and summer here on Long Island. The good news is that there are a few easy tricks to prevent mosquitoes from biting you:
- Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so schedule outdoor activities for during the daytime when mosquitoes are usually resting
- Eliminate standing water – anything as big as a puddle – in your yard
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to limit skin exposure when outdoors
- Apply EPA approved insect repellent to exposed skin and clothes. Don’t use these products on kids before consulting a pediatrician
Your Clothes Can Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can only bite you where your skin is exposed, making clothing one of your best lines of defense against mosquitoes. We recommend you wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to limit skin exposure. Ideally, tuck your pants into your socks to keep your ankles protected too.
There’s also research that light colors make you less attractive to mosquitoes.
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6 Tips to Keep Mosquitos from Biting You While You're Asleep
Mosquitoes are active at night and if they find you they won’t hesitate to make you multiple meals while you sleep. Some of the best ways to prevent overnight mosquito bites include:
- Use mosquito nets while sleeping.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants that are a bright color.
- Sleep with a fan on, as mosquitoes do not fare well with wind.
- Apply an EPA-registered repellent.
- Shower before bed to clean yourself of lingering scents.
- If indoors, keep your windows shut.
Preventing Mosquito Bites on Dogs and Cats
Mosquitoes bite animals, too, including your pets. If you’re worried, talk to your veterinarian about dog-safe or cat-safe mosquito repellents. Additionally, consider walking your dog during the daytime to avoid the mosquito peak hours of dawn and dusk.
Scratching or biting may indicate that your pet has been bitten by mosquitoes. If they begin to show unusual signs or the bite becomes infected, take your pet to the vet right away.