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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites in Vermont

In the spring and summer in Vermont, mosquito numbers start to surge. There are a few ways to avoid being bothered by mosquitoes:

  • Plan your outdoor activities at times of low mosquito activity, like midday. 
  • Get rid of or cover any standing water in your yard that could attract mosquitoes.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when spending time outside.
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent on your skin and clothes. Make sure to consult your pediatrician before use on children.
How to prevent Mosquito bites in Middletown Springs, VT - Vermont Pest Control

What Can You Wear to Repel Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes will bite you wherever they can find exposed skin. This usually means your arms, legs, hands, feet, and neck. When possible, it is ideal to wear long-sleeved shirts to limit your amount of exposed skin. You can also wear pants (ideally tucked into socks) to protect your ankles. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are most prolific in the summer, which makes it a hassle to wear warmer clothing for protection. When you leave skin exposed, consider using an EPA-approved insect repellent to stop mosquito bites.

How to Prevent Overnight Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are most active at times of low sunlight. Many people have eaten up by mosquitoes overnight while sleeping outside for a camping trip. A few of the ways you can prevent this from happening are:

  1. Put up mosquito nets before you sleep.
  2. Wear long-sleeved and brightly-colored clothes.
  3. Sleep with a fan on to block mosquitoes using the wind.
  4. Wear EPA-registered insect repellent.
  5. Shower off before sleeping to eliminate any scents.
  6. Keep your windows shut while indoors.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes Biting Your Pets

Mosquitoes won’t hesitate to bite your pets, too. Ask your vet about finding a dog or cat-safe mosquito repellent. You should also be wary of taking your dog for a walk at dawn or dusk, because these are the times that mosquitoes come out. During the spring, eliminate standing water sources in your yard to keep your pets safe. Also, keep an eye out for scratching or signs your pets have mosquito bites.