You’ve probably heard most of these tips before and it can be very frustrating when you practice them and still have issues with mosquitos. The reason you keep hearing them is because there’s really not an easy or complete solution.

  1. Try to stay indoors as much as possible between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. However, in the last decade we’ve developed a problem with the Asian Tiger Mosquito which can be out flying around during the day.
  2. Be sure door and window screens fit tightly and are in good repair. This is a good practice to help with all types of pests.
  3. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. This can be a really bad idea in the summer when it’s 100 degrees outside.
  4.  When it is necessary to be outdoors, apply insect repellent as indicated on the product’s label. The more DEET a product contains, the longer the repellent can protect against bites. However, concentrations higher than 50 percent do not increase the length of protection. For most situations, 10 percent to 25 percent DEET is adequate. Apply to clothes when possible, and sparingly to exposed skin if the label permits. Consult a physician before using repellents on young children. Some people are not comfortable with this recommendation.
  5. Note that insect light traps (“bug zappers”) or sound devices do little to reduce the number of biting mosquitoes in an area.
    Spraying your backyard with an insecticidal fog or mist is effective only for a short time. Mosquitoes will return when the spray dissipates.