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How to Stay Safe from Mosquito-borne Diseases

How to Stay Safe from Mosquito-borne Diseases

Tips to keep this biting pest at bay this summer

While summer brings warm weather, BBQs and trips to the beach, it also is peak season for mosquitoes. Known as the deadliest animal in the world, mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases that can cause severe health problems and even death, better Termite & Pest Control, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is sharing information about this insect and the diseases it can transmit.

West Nile virus, dengue fever and eastern equine encephalitis are all diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S. Globally, malaria and yellow fever are a concern, especially in areas with limited healthcare resources. Reactions to these diseases vary depending on the person affected, but in some cases can be fatal. If you’re planning on spending time outside this summer, it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Studies have shown that mosquitoes can be attracted to different people for a variety of reasons, including the color of their clothing and if they are wearing perfume or cologne. Additionally, blood type and body temperature could impact whether you’re bitten.

To keep yourself protected from mosquitoes this summer, NPMA recommends the following:

  • Properly apply insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; follow label instructions closely and reapply as needed
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts when spending time outdoors to limit skin exposure
  • Avoid wearing dark colors, floral prints and sweet-smelling perfumes and colognes while outside
  • Avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

For assistance with a mosquito infestation on your property, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately by visiting