Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Travel Tip Tuesday - Mosquito's are out and hungry!

As we close in on the end of summer (and a late one here in the Northwest), you will find that your outdoor activities may be taken over by pesky bugs!  Our backyard evenings are now down to a routine; cover up, get sprayed and stay away from the wetlands. 

Recognize that while traveling you may encounter more than the usual amount of bugs, especially if your packing up for that weekend camping trip at the Lake or taking a jog through the shaded trees.

Here are some tips to preventing those nasty, itchy mosquito bites:
  • Spray on bug repellent when going outdoors- don't forget your feet, ankles and the back of your neck
  • Cover your body with clothing. If it's extremely hot out, wear thin or lightweight clothes.
  • If your camping outdoors, be sure there are no mosquitoes in your tent before going to bed, otherwise they'll be having a blood sucking party all night long - no fun!
  • If your staying in another country with major bug issues, request a net for while you sleep
  • Don't leave any standing water while your outdoors, even a small bucket of water left untouched will become a Mosquitoes nesting place
  • Close the doors of your home while playing outside. Our kids have the habit of running out and leaving them open. This can be hard sometimes but even closing the screen door helps.
Don't forget your pets!
  • Yes, mosquitoes like animal blood too, so keep your pets indoors
  • Fill any outdoor pet bowls with fresh water daily to keep the bugs out
Interesting Mosquito FACTS:

Who Doesn't like to Travel? Mosquitoes!
Most mosquitoes remain within a 1 mile radius of their breeding site.

Did you think Mosquito's eat blood? (So did I!)
Mosquitoes do not feed on blood. The female mosquito requires a blood meal for development of her eggs.

Find more fun and interesting Mosquito Facts on www.control-mosquitoes.com/
Travel Tip Tuesday - August 17th, 2010

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