Mosquito and tick populations are staring to rise as temperatures start to get warmer in New England. While these pests are certainly nuisances, they can also transmit harmful diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and more, which is why NW Pest Control, a local pest control company is helping to advocate for increased awareness of mosquito and tick prevention for this coming summer.
NW Pest Control shares that one of the best ways to fight off mosquito and tick bites and subsequent disease transmission is to apply insect repellent before going outside. This simple task is one that many choose to ignore, and many people do not make it a priority to protect against these biting pests by taking this simple action. There is also a correct way to use repellent in order for it to be effective.
To properly apply insect repellent for maximum protection against mosquitoes and ticks, follow this five-step method from the National Pest Management Association:
- Look for a product containing an active EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535.
- Read the product label and follow the instructions carefully. If sunscreen is also being worn, repellent should be used over top of sunscreen.
- Shake the product well. Then, hold it about 6-8 inches away from exposed skin and spray evenly in a sweeping motion.
- Spray the palms of hands to apply the repellent to the face and ears, being sure to avoid eye and nostril contact.
- Apply the repellent over clothing, which should completely cover feet and ankles.
Another great way to avoid contact with mosquitoes specifically is to remove any standing water around your property. This will deter mosquitoes breeding close to your home. For 2020, forecasters predict that the warm-weather months will be a bad time for anyone who wants to avoid ticks, and who doesn’t, with tick populations likely to be larger than usual, and weather conditions likely to a major factor.
For additional information on the NW Pest Control Mosquito and Tick program, please contact us at 781-891-5313.