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4 Tips to Prevent Bug Bites in Your Backyard

June 21, 2019

Whether you’re gardening, barbecuing, or just relaxing, spending time in your backyard is one of the integral activities of a Summer day. As the warm weather attracts us to South Florida, also attracted to the area are pesky mosquitoes, fire ants, and other bugs. Luckily, there are several steps you can take in safeguarding against these pests. From lawn care routines to wearing the proper attire, here’s what you need to know.

How to Prevent Bug Bites at Home

1. Keep a Nice Lawn

Proper lawn care, including keeping the grass cut short and flower beds tidy, will help lower the bug populations. Mosquitoes love pools of standing water, so empty rain barrels regularly and don’t leave buckets of water laying around. Water features should always have good circulation, to prevent bugs from breeding.

2. Watch What You Wear

If you know you’ll be outside, dress appropriately. Long sleeves and pants can prevent ticks, and light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks. Bugs also like to go for the ankles and feet, so choose closed-toe shoes instead of sandals to protect your skin.

3. Avoid Perfumes

Bugs are attracted to some people more than others, and scent can have a lot to do with that. Avoid wearing lotion, cologne, and perfume, and try not to use heavily perfumed shampoos and soaps, which can attract bees, wasps, and other flying critters.

4. Use Bug Repellent

There are several effective options for bug repellents, and they can make a difference. The most widely used chemical repellents are DEET and Picaridin, both of which are considered safe at low usage levels. There are also many natural botanical oil-based options, but the effectiveness of these may vary. When looking at natural bug repellent, look for oil of lemon eucalyptus, which is considered one of the most effective solutions.  


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