Alternative EarthCare Shares 6 Tips to Help Protect Kids from Mosquito Bites in of East Long Island
Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control service, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.
Long Islanders have a love affair with the outdoors. There is no love, however, for the pesky and often dangerous mosquitoes who reside outdoors. While there is no way to protect kids from ever being bitten by a mosquito, there are several steps that can minimize the risk of bites. Alternative EarthCare shares six tips to help protect kids from mosquito bites in Nassau County.
- Have your property treated by a professional The best way to minimize mosquito populations on the property is by obtaining professional treatments. Professionals will spray ground cover, trees, plants, property borders, and breeding areas such as near ponds or pools, regularly to keep mosquitoes at bay. Treatments should occur every three to four weeks, and emergency services can be obtained to spray within 24-48 hours of an outdoor event. Choose a professional who offers both synthetic as well as organic mosquito management solutions.
- Eliminate habitats Remove standing water, especially after rainstorms. Drill holes in garbage cans, recycling bins, and planters to keep water from accumulating. Refresh birdbath water several times a week and empty any standing water in bins, tarps, toys, or anywhere water can accumulate. Additionally, be sure to clean out gutters as needed.
- Plant natural repellents Plant natural repellents around the property and near breeding habitats such as pools and ponds. Plants such as lemon balm, basil, catnip, members of the mint family, citrosum, rosemary, sage, lavender, citronella, and ageratum, will help repel mosquitoes on the property while serving many other purposes as wel
- Avoid outdoor time during peak mosquito activity Though it is not always avoidable, when able, try to keep kids in during peak mosquito activity hours at dusk. Though mosquitoes are still active during the day, especially certain species such as the Asian Tiger mosquito, in general, mosquito activity ramps up during evening hours near sunsetting time. It is important to avoid areas that are heavily populated with mosquitoes at that time as well, such as wooded areas.
- Wear repellents when outside Synthetic repellents, such as spray repellents and even pre-treated repelling outdoor clothing, as well as natural repellents, will help keep mosquitoes at bay. For natural repellents, think pungent. Oils from plants such as citronella grass, mints, marigolds, and ageratum, placed on clothing and pulse-points can help kids avoid mosquito bites during outdoor time.
- Daily showers Kids love to avoid bath-time, but during the summer season, daily bathing should be encouraged. Mosquitoes are attracted to the chemical changes brought on by bacteria in old sweat. While new sweat is not too much of an attractant, as sweat lingers on the body and clothing, it creates a scent that mosquitoes love. Encourage daily washing and fresh clothing when outdoors, it could prevent some nasty mosquito bites.