Keep Bugs at Bay

Tips for protection from mosquitoes and other insects.

| June 25, 2012

Keep Bugs Away

Don’t let mosquitoes and other insects ruin your summer fun.

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When the weather’s right for enjoying the outdoors, the last thing you want is to have your good time spoiled by pesky insects. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect family and friends from mosquitoes and other insects.

Controlling Mosquitoes 

Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they can be harmful to your health. To reduce your risk of mosquito bites – and exposure to West Nile virus – the Environmental Protection Agency recommends you take some preventative measures around the yard:

  • Eliminate standing water. Check old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or other containers where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change water in fountains, bird baths, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
  • Keep swimming pools treated and circulating.
  • Make sure rain gutters are unclogged.

One of the easiest steps you can take is to select an insect repellent that is right for you and your family.

“As a pediatrician and as a mom, I get questions all the time about the correct insect repellent to use,” says Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe. “It’s important that families remember to use repellents regularly, just as you would sun protection.” Cutter brand offers a range of insect protection, from personal repellents and sprays to backyard foggers. Dr. O’Keeffe says it’s important to consider the length of time you plan to stay outdoors and your activities – it will impact the type of repellent and active ingredients you choose.

Whether hosting a party or just spending time in the garden, homeowners can protect themselves and their guests by taking simple actions to help prevent insect bites. Consider the following steps when protecting your guests and outdoor spaces from mosquitoes:

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