Summer; school is out, work is slow (unless you are a mosquito control company) and Georgia is hot. It’s time to get out of town. Whether you are going to the Caribbean, South or Central America, Europe, Asia or staying in the US, mosquito borne illness is something that you have to think about. Our members rely on Mr. Mister Mosquito Control to keep them mosquito free while they are at home, but no matter how much we would like to, we can’t go with them on vacation.
Here are some tips from the CDC to help while on vacation in a mosquito zone.
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection. (You can read Mr. Mister’s recommendations for repellents here Mosquito Repellent Recommendations)
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin. Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan [outside the US])
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals)
- IR3535 (Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart)
- Always follow product directions and reapply as directed.
- If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
- Follow package directions when applying repellent on children. Avoid applying repellent to their hands, eyes, and mouth.
- Consider using permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
- Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See the product information to find out how long the protection will last.
- If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
- Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
What other steps should I take to prevent bug bites?
- Prevent mosquito bites.
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Site for additional information on your destination
There is a lot that you need to take into consideration for mosquito protection while traveling. The good news is that all to have to do for mosquito protection at home is call Mr. Mister Mosquito Control.