This week marks the beginning of the summer, and we are excited about family BBQs and picnics, as well as trips to the seven local attractions here in South Florida. Although we have next month planned out for when my parents arrive, there’s one thing we can’t plan for: warmer weather means BUGS!
Because Jeff and I have children under the age of five, we are very cautious when it comes to mosquito bites. Thankfully, I was able to chat with Eugene Zabolotsky on how parents can protect their family from the dangers of mosquito bites.
1. Clothing Changes
Wear loose fitting long sleeves whenever possible. If you are driving somewhere with air conditioning and your only exposure will be walking from the car to the building and back again, try long sleeves. Don’t forget hats and socks too. (BONUS: you can add repellants onto the clothing for extra protection and there is clothing that already has it). Also, try to wear light colors. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker times.
Make sure the repellent is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus. There are a series of numbers to look at but it is suggested that parents check the most recent suggestions from the Center for Disease Control.