Prepare yourself, mosquitoes are here

With all the rain the Coastal Bend has received lately, there has been an increase in the mosquito population. The city of Corpus Christi has been making an effort to protect residents by enlisting Vector Control to spray for mosquitoes. While this does reduce the number of mosquitoes, there is still the chance that you will be bitten regardless.

There are ways to protect yourself against mosquito bites though, whether you are at home or on the go.

The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is insect repellant. It can be purchased at many supermarkets and drug stores, such as CVS and Walgreens. Depending on the strength of the repellant, you should apply frequently when outside, though still within the guidelines of the instructions on the bottle. If you are allergic to the DEET in some insect repellants, there are alternative repellants available.

Also, you should avoid going out during times of the day when mosquitoes are more active, such as dusk and dawn. If you do need to go out during these times, make sure to apply insect repellant and wear clothing that provides a good amount of coverage. Mosquitoes will bite almost any exposed skin, so the more covered you are, the better.

Though the more area covered by clothing the better, you should make sure to wear light colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so lighter colors, such as neutrals and pastels, will help prevent bites.

To prevent mosquitoes around the home, you should get rid of any standing water as best as possible. Mosquitoes use standing water for breeding. By eliminating possible breeding grounds, you are protecting your home from mosquito invasion.

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