Many people consider mosquitoes and other insect pests as mere annoyances. However, there are times that they pose real life threats. Insect-transmitted diseases include West Nile virus, malaria, Lyme disease, and dengue. In fact, the deadliest pandemics in human history are caused by the bacteria or viruses carried by insects. So if you see any pest lurking in your house, contact your nearest pest terminator like termite control. That way, you will be assured you and your family will be safe from these insects. For the meantime, here are the things you can do to protect your and your family’s skin from insect bites:
Protect Exposed Skin
If you know there is an infestation in your house, cover exposed parts of your body. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and even a hat. Tuck your shirt in your pants and tuck your pants into your socks for maximum protection. Some bugs, like the tsetse flies, can bite through thin fabrics.
Avoid Bugs Wherever You Are Staying
Install screens on your doors and windows to minimize the risk of insects getting in your house. if bugs can get into your bedroom, sleep under a mosquito net. When you are outdoors, use a repellent to prevent insects from approaching you.
Avoid Dusk and Dawn
The evening and early morning hours are the peak biting times for many mosquito species. Consider ramping up your protection or stay inside at these times if you can. Wait until the sun is shining already before going out to minimize the risk of getting bitten by insects especially mosquitoes.
Throw Away Stagnant Water
Any pools, puddles or pots with water in them can quickly become a mosquito breeding ground. If you have them inside your house, quickly dispose of them. Unclog your roof gutters, empty kiddie pools and tilt your pots to make sure no excess water accumulated in your plants. Make sure rain did not accumulate in trash can lids and change the water in your flower vase every now and then.
There are many herbs that are known as insect repellents. Most of them are easy to grow, need a little maintenance, and don’t mind some shade. Lemon grass can keep mosquitoes at bay and catnip does a great job in preventing cockroaches from entering your house. If you have a cat at home, keep an eye on the catnip. Once this herb is ingested in large quantities, it will cause your cat to suffer from diarrhea.
Invest in Essential Oils
If you don’t have a bug spray at hand, make your own instead. Insects react to scents and certain oils target specific insects. Choose the ones that will target your biggest pest concern. For example, peppermint can keep spiders and ants at bay while lavender is great against mosquitoes, fleas and flies. Rosemary does a good job in preventing fleas and ticks too. To make your spray, mix two and a half teaspoons of oil of your choice with one cup of grain alcohol like vodka in an empty spray bottle. Shake well then spray the mixture all throughout your house.
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Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, video editing and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.
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