Summertime and mosquitoes seem to always come together. Outside of barbeques, traveling, and hiking in warmer climates, you will need to be prepared for the bugs that like to suck your blood.

The proteins in the saliva of the mosquito stay after they fly off your you swat them, and then the immune system attacks, leaving you with a histamine reaction, itching, and swelling.

There are ways to avoid these bites and of course, any aftermath of some of those West Nile, Zika, or malaria diseases that mosquitos carry; and even heartworm for your pets.

7. Minimize Exposure

Mosquitoes Bacteria

The best way to minimize bites is to cover any exposed skin when outside. Cotton is too thin and too lightly woven, A great protector is high-tech athletic apparel, which is woven tightly to keep bugs out. Wear long pants and long sleeves. “Mosquitoes can’t penetrate clothing that has a tight weave,” says Jonathan Day, Ph.D. professor of Medical Entomology at the University of Florida. Use bug spray on whatever skin is still exposed. Mosquitos are in larger numbers at dawn and at dusk.

6. Drain Any Standing Water and/or Grow Repellants

Fake Plants

If you have pots or containers with water keep them drained; it is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Try growing plants that repel mosquitoes like dill, lemongrass, citronella, basil, lavender, and peppermint.

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