How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Babies

Wondering How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Babies?

Mosquitoes are a nuisance when they’re buzzing around when you’re outdoors. However, if you’re a new parent, mosquito bites are likely top of mind when you’re spending time outside. Knowing how to protect babies from mosquitoes can provide you with peace of mind and help your baby enjoy a bug-bite-free experience in the great outdoors.

While babies, especially newborns, shouldn’t be exposed to the same repellents often used by adults to fend off pests, there are steps you can take to protect your baby.

Don’t let a fear of mosquitoes prevent you and your baby from enjoying warm summer days—use these six tips for how to keep mosquitoes away from babies:

1. Clothe the Baby from Head-to-Toe

  • Cover the baby with loose, lightweight clothing that leaves minimal skin exposed. Hats, shirts with long sleeves, pants, and socks are ideal.
  • Tuck the pant leg into socks to prevent mosquitoes from finding their way to your baby’s skin.
  • Avoid bright clothing and flowery prints, which can lead to unwanted attention from insects.
  • Light and neutral colors like beige, olive, and khaki tend to be less visible to mosquitoes.
  • Avoid tight clothing, which can be easier for a mosquito to penetrate with the sharp tip of its mouth.

2. Stay Inside at Dawn, Dusk, and Post-Rainfall

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn, dusk, and following rainy weather. If possible, keep your baby inside during these times of the day.

3. Only Use Baby-Safe Mosquito Repellents

Pediatricians do not recommend mosquito repellent be applied to newborns, but there are products available for children older than two months. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), using a repellent that contains 10% to 30% DEET—a liquid that prevents insects from landing on skin or clothing—effective. Ten percent DEET repellent gives your baby about two hours of protection, while 30% offers approximately five hours. Pediatricians recommend choosing the lowest concentration of DEET that will provide the necessary length of protection. When applying repellants containing DEET on infants, avoid cuts, scratches, and the area around the eyes and mouth.

For parents who prefer to avoid DEET altogether, there are natural repellent products on the market containing picaridin and essential oils like citronella and lemongrass. However, it is not recommended to use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) on children younger than three years old. Always read product label instructions and check the Environmental Protection Agency list of registered insect repellents before applying on your baby.

4. Protect Carriers and Strollers with a Net

A great way to keep mosquitoes from coming near your baby is to drape a fitted mesh net over the baby carrier, stroller, or car seat. Purchase netting that has small enough holes to block the mosquitoes from entering. Mesh netting is available at most home improvement and outdoor stores.

5. Avoid Using Scented Lotions, Soaps, and Perfumes

Fragranced products such as lotions, soaps, perfumes, hair sprays, and even scented laundry detergent can attract mosquitoes. Use fragrance-free products when you plan to spend time outside. Read labels to make sure products do not have fragrance added before applying them on the baby.

6. Stay Away from Popular Mosquito Hangouts

Where do mosquitoes congregate? That’s where you want to avoid! Stay away from these mosquito hot spots to prevent your little one from getting bit:

  • Stagnant pools of water such as puddles, ponds, dog bowls, birdbaths, and water-filled gutters
  • Garbage cans or tire swings
  • Flowerbeds, gardens, shrubbery, and piles of leaves
  • Orchards or single fruit trees
  • Heavily wooded areas

How Worried Should You Be About Mosquito Bites on Babies?

While the thought of a mosquito bite on your sweet baby is enough to cause concern, in most cases, a mosquito bite is annoying but does not pose a serious health risk. According to the CDC, most kinds of mosquitoes are just a nuisance, but certain species can spread viruses that may cause disease, so it’s a good idea to take all steps necessary to keep mosquitoes away from babies. If your baby happens to get a bite, we have the tips to help you stop the itch fast.

Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard This Season

One of the most important steps to keep these pesky pests away from your baby is to add an extra layer of defense against mosquitoes to your yard. Mosquito Joe provides professional barrier treatments custom-designed for optimal mosquito control on your property. Our team is dedicated to making your yard itch-free so you and your family can make memories, not swat away mosquitoes.  Call us at 1-855-ASK-A-JOE or contact us online to schedule our highly effective mosquito control solutions.


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Tick Prevention Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

A walk in the woods can be a pleasant reprieve but can also invite some unwanted hitchhikers. Ticks can latch onto exposed skin, move from clothing onto the skin, and even tag a ride on your four-legged friends. Ticks can also be transmitters of illnesses such as Lyme disease.

Don’t let these pests prevent you and your family from enjoying the outdoors!

Taking the necessary measures is important for those living in areas with significant tick populations and the presence of tick-borne diseases. Learn how to prevent ticks and reclaim your outdoor exploration with these tick prevention tips from Mosquito Joe.

How to Prevent Tick Bites

Don’t let ticks put a damper on your outdoor plans! By following proper precautions to prevent and repel ticks you can enjoy your favorite outside activities tick- and care-free.

Here are our best tips for how to prevent tick bites:
Use Tick Repellent

  • Employing an insect repellent is a great preventative step toward both ticks and mosquitoes. Apply a trusted repellent topically and on clothing to prevent mosquito bites and keep ticks off your body. Be sure the repellent you’re using is effective on ticks, as many repellents are mosquito specific.

Go Lightly

  • Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply to the bite and then wash off the mixture after 10 minutes.

Cool it Down

  • Wearing pants and long-sleeve shirts reduces the amount of exposed skin. This provides less area for a tick to latch onto, and decreases your chances of bringing one home. Opting for light-colored clothing helps you more easily spot any tick stowaways before heading back inside.

Tuck It

  • Tucking pant legs into socks creates a seamless length of protection down to your feet to prevent exposed ankles or from having ticks climb up open pant legs. Plus, it’s the most stylish look around for enjoying the outdoors in areas with ticks!

Down the Middle

  • When you’re out for a hike, consider walking down the middle of the hiking trail rather than the edges. This practice lowers your exposure to tall grasses, where ticks are often lurking and waiting for the perfect host to pass by. Challenge your kids to a fun game of staying away from the edges of the trail as a way to encourage this behavior from them too!

Pat Down

  • Upon completing your outdoor excursion, check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks. For humans, start from the head down, checking hair, ears, underarms, waist, thighs, and inner knee. For furry friends, start at the snout, check ears, around collars, under legs, and under their tail.

Go Pro

  • If you’re looking to take a more proactive step to keep ticks at bay while in your own yard, Mosquito Joe can help. For tick prevention close to home, developing a management plan, or having your yard professionally treated is the way to go.

 

Take back your yard and let the whole family spend time outside without worry. Get in touch with the professionals at Mosquito Joe today to learn more about your options. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online.

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What Makes Mosquito Bites Itch?

Summer has arrived and you are out planting flowers and relaxing on your porch. After a full day of being outdoors, you find yourself lying in bed, itching your way to sleep. The culprit? Mosquito bites. Not only is June to August the perfect time to be outdoors, but it’s also mosquito season.

So, what makes mosquito bites itch and how can you stop the itching?

The answer is simple: Our bodies are the reason mosquito bites itch. When a mosquito bites us, it leaves saliva behind that causes a histamine reaction. This reaction increases the flow of blood and white blood cells to the impacted area, which causes the inflammation, swelling, and, ultimately, itching.

The response from your body dictates how badly mosquito bites impact you. These are the three common responses after a mosquito bite:

Common Reaction

  • This is the typical response to a mosquito bite that most of us have experienced. A red or pink bump that is itchy and can occur up to 48 hours after the initial mosquito bite.

Tolerance Buildup

  • It’s possible to build up a tolerance over time, due to your body knowing how to fight the foreign body and your immune system no longer recognizing a mosquito bite as an issue.

No Reaction

  • It’s also possible for someone to not experience classic mosquito bite symptoms, as their body has not yet figured out how to fight the foreign body in the more typical reaction sense.

Factors That Impact Mosquitoes Biting You

Outside of learning why do mosquito bites itch, there are a few surprising factors that can impact who mosquitoes are attracted to most.

The following factors can make you more at risk for mosquito bites:

  • Higher body temperature
  • Males over females
  • Children over adults
  • Breath and body odors
  • Sweat and water vapor
  • Scented items (perfume, shampoo, soap)

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Once you’ve found out what makes mosquito bites itch, you’ll also want to know how to make these bites stop itching, as a bite can have effects that last for 3 to 4 days.

Here are a few common ways to treat mosquito bites to get them to stop itching:

  • Do not scratch the bite, this will create added irritation
  • Apply calamine lotion or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress
  • Create an oatmeal or baking soda paste and apply
  • Apply an anti-inflammatory product such as honey or aloe vera
  • Let hot water from the shower hit your bite to naturally release some histamine

Find Mosquito Control Services Near Me

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When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Did you know there are over 175 species of mosquitoes in the United States? Not only are they a nuisance, they can also carry dangerous diseases. Knowing when and where these pesky little buggers are most active will help you and your family stay safe and get the most out of your outdoor adventures.

When Is Mosquito Season?

Mosquito season refers to the time of year when mosquitoes are most active. This term really only applies to regions where temperatures become too cold for mosquitoes to survive. In general, all species of mosquitoes prefer warm weather, typically above 50 degrees. So, when temperatures rise above 50 degrees in your location, mosquito season begins. When they dip below 50 degrees, the season is coming to a close.

Different species of mosquitoes have different lifecycles and habitats. In some locations, where a change in temperature follows from winter into spring, some mosquito species will emerge from hibernation while others are born from eggs that had been laid the previous year. In regions where there isn’t a drastic change in temperature, mosquitoes are around all year round.

Did you know that female mosquitoes are responsible for all of the bites that humans experience? They need blood in order to lay their eggs.

All mosquitoes need water to breed and lay eggs. Female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in anything that has standing water: ponds, planters, birdbaths and even rain gutters. Because mosquitoes usually only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding sites, keeping these areas clear and dry will help to reduce the population in your yard.

What Time of Day Are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Mosquitoes are most active during early morning hours before the sun has fully come up and the air temperature isn’t as hot. Mosquitoes find daylight to be deadly, as direct daylight can dehydrate them.

For this reason, shaded woods, wetlands, and ponds—the most common locations that mosquitoes seek out for protection from the sun—are places to avoid during the day. Mosquitoes become active again during the evening hours when the sun isn’t as hot. If you’re going to engage in physical activity (e.g., running, biking, hiking) it is best to avoid these times.

Avoiding Mosquito Bites

Staying away from mosquitoes at all times is not only impossible, but also impractical. Below, however, are a few tips for keeping them at bay:

  • Carry mosquito spray. You can buy mosquito repellant at the store or make your own using essential oils
  • Drain standing water around the house
  • Patch holes or rips in window and door screens to keep them out of the house
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants to keep them away from your skin
  • Add plants that are naturel repellents to your garden. Basil, lavender, and lemongrass are just a few that will help keep your yard mosquito-free.

The surest way to take back your backyard from these dangerous biting insects is to contact Mosquito Joe for seasonal mosquito treatments for your yard. Our barrier sprays not only repel mosquitoes, but are also effective on other pests, such as ticks, fleas, and some flies.

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Do Mosquitoes Spread Coronavirus?

This answer is…absolutely not.

While there are a lot of diseases spread by mosquitoes, according to World Health Organization has stated, “There has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.”

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is being spread from person to person. Based on what we know, its spread occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and those droplets carry the virus from one person to another.

How Do I Protect Myself and My Family?

This pandemic is moving quickly, and the best practices can change from day-to-day. Follow the preventative steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and your local health department, as some information will change based on how serious the outbreak is in your area.

To help you stay healthy and safe, we’ve outlined some of the most effective preventative measures below.

Social Distancing

Limiting contact with people outside your home is an important step in protecting yourself and your family. Social distancing means taking measures to maintain distance from other humans, therefore limiting the chances of them infecting you with COVID-19. The easiest way to distance yourself is to stay at home as much as possible.

If you must leave the house, take the following steps to distance yourself while outside the home:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people as much as possible.
  • Replace handshakes or hugs with elbow bumps.
  • If you touch door handles or handrails, do not touch your face; wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • If you are healthy, avoid contact with people who are sick.

Personal Hygiene

It cannot be said enough that handwashing and keeping your hands away from your face are vital steps in protecting yourself and others. Consider the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water and wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not accessible and ensure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face. If your hands are dirty, keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash immediately. If you’re not able to use a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. Healthy individuals who are not caring for sick people do not need to wear masks. It’s important to make sure masks are available for those who need them.
  • Clean and disinfect. Both clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly every day. This includes things like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

While COVID-19 is already impacting life in America on a significant level, taking the necessary precautions to limit its spread is the best thing we can do to protect both ourselves and our communities.

Mosquitoes Do Carry Many Diseases

While mosquitoes are not of concern with the outbreak of COVID-19, they are carriers of many diseases that can have serious impacts on those who contract the diseases. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes in your yard, Mosquito Joe provides treatments to help eliminate mosquitoes from your property. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online.

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The information provided herein is interim guidance for general education purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice or emergency response plans. For additional information, please contact your local health department or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. All Mosquito Joe services are performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

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