For many people, mosquitoes are just another part of summer. The constant buzzing around and itching if you get bitten can be annoying, but the insects can also carry disease. Proper maintenance of your yard, swimming areas and personal protection can help keep you safe.
Apply a waterproof mosquito repellent before you go swimming. Choose a long-lasting formula with DEET or picaridin, suggests REI . Natural repellents made from lemon oil or eucalyptus are also effective, but must be re-applied every couple of hours.
Put lit citronella candles around the swimming area. Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent. Place candles safely out of the reach of children and pets, such as a high sconce or shelf attached to the house, or an enclosed porch area.
Dump water out of pool toys, rafts and other equipment after each use and let them dry in the sun before storing. Old, stagnant water is a common breeding area for mosquitos.
Clean and disinfect your pool. Check chemical levels and run the filter daily to kill any existing insect larvae. Remove leaves and other yard debris from the surface. Cover the pool when it's not in use to prevent bugs from settling in the water.
Add beneficial foliage near swimming areas. Citronella grass, vanilla leaf, catnip and sagebrush are living mosquito repellents.
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Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.