Friday, June 16, 2017

Enjoy the Outdoors this Summer

Summertime is here. I love to sit out on the deck in the balmy evenings. I don't like mosquitoes, though. Here are a few ways to keep the little critters at bay:

1. Hunt for breeding grounds
Mosquitoes can breed in something as small as a soda bottle cap. Look for kids' toys, rain gutters, and flowerpots filled with a bit of stagnant water. Ask neighbors to check, too. The insects might be breeding next door and visiting your yard.

2. Blow them away
Mosquitoes are weak fliers. Any breeze stronger than 1 mile per hour is enough to deter them. Bring a plug-in fan out to the deck to create air movement around your legs and feet. Mosquitoes fly low to avoid the wind, so a fan on your face won't protect your feet.

3. Wear the atheleisure look
Reduce your risk of getting bitten by covering exposed skin. Avoid loose-weave fabrics and choose synthetic and athletic fabrics that are tougher for mosquitoes to bite through.

4. Wear repellent
During the dawn and dusk hours, when mosquitoes tend to be more active, spray yourself even if you're just going out for a minute. For a backyard evening, try Picaridin at 15 to 20%. It is safe for kids under 3 and has a light feel that is comfortable to be worn daily.

Enjoy outdoor evenings this summer and avoid the itches!

Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
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