As summer time quickly approaches, everyone is thinking about all of the fun they will have enjoying the outdoors and warm weather. Whether your idea of fun is swimming (actually the fourth most popular sports activity in the whole United States!), hiking, or sun bathing, all these joyful activities have one thing in common- they are located entirely outside. The outdoors are exciting to explore and help cultivate your imagination and creativity, but you absolutely must be careful of the bugs. Did you know that recent studies have estimated that there are more than 200 million insects for each human individual on the planet? That amounts to a lot of bugs! These insects, specifically mosquitos, not only give you annoying bug bites, but can carry different diseases and potentially lead to serious infections, putting a downer on your summer fun. Choosing the right bug screen and other preventative measures to ward off these potential problems is highly important. Read on to learn more about how to keep you, your family, and your friends safe this year and for time to come.
Enjoying the Outdoors- How to Prevent Bug Bites
1. Choosing the right bug spray.
Everyone enjoys different outdoor activities during the warm spring and summer months. Take a look at what your loved ones choose to do with their time outside. If they are running around and sweating a lot make sure you pick out a sport bug spray that will give them protection through the exercise. If they love diving into pools or lakes and splashing around, make sure you find a bug screen that is waterproof. There are many different types of bug screens for the body, so check out a local supermarket or pharmacy to compare different sprays and choose the right one for you and your family’s needs.
2. Check your porches, windows, and patios.
Utilizing your outdoor entertainment space is crucial for making the most of these summer months, but they can be an easy nesting place for insects and mosquitos, that you do not even see. Remember that many people use these areas to enjoy food and drinks with family and friends. This nutrition is vital for the survival of insects and will attract them to the area. Sure, you have cleaned up after the parties, vacuumed the floors and wiped down the tables, but crumbs can exist anywhere- even if you cannot see them! Double check that your screen mesh material does not contain holes that would make it even easier for insects to get through- it is super important to repair any holes you might find. Perhaps consider even researching some new mosquito screens for decks or outdoor mesh screen rolls that provide more protection than your current one. As technology changes, so does innovation on mesh screen fabric. Do not forget- even though you are semi-indoors, it is still important to put on that bug screen as backup protection!
3. Wear the right clothing.
Summer is the perfect time to show off that killer body you have been working on all year long, but do not take this too far! Covering yourself with a light fabric will keep mosquitos at bay, as they use exhaled carbo dioxide, body odors, body temperature, and movement to determine where their victims are. Consider wearing light colors that will keep you cool in the hot sun. Bug screens come in all shapes and sizes- whether those are sprays for your skin, meshes for your home, or even your clothing choice! Choosing protective clothing will even keep your skin safe from the scorching summer sun, keeping your skin glowing and young.
Summer is quickly approaching and finding the best bug protection for your needs is crucial for long-term enjoyment of all the weather and festivities have to offer. Choose an appropriate bug spray, do not forget to check for holes in your screen mesh, and wear long sleeves and pants to ward off potential problems with disease carrying mosquitos and annoying, itchy bug bites. Most importantly, have fun!