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Don't let mosquitoes interfere with your summer activities. Here are some tips!

The summer season is fast approaching and outdoor adventures already being planned! The joys of summer include lazy afternoons, camping trips, family BBQ's, and baseball games. Unfortunately the warm weather also brings the pesky mosquito…

Don't let mosquitoes ruin your fun – Here are some helpful tips to stop mosquitoes from interfering with your summer activities:

Why are they a problem?

Mosquitoes are widely distributed throughout North America and depending on where you live, they can even be a problem all year round !

Mosquitoes are attracted to humans by CO2 (carbon dioxide), which they can detect from up to 35 meters away. The mosquito also identifies secondary attractants like heat, lactic acid or sweat. These are all produced by humans as a result of respiration and muscle activity, and are released into the air from human breath and skin.

Not only are mosquitoes annoying, but their bites can be very itchy and in some cases can transmit more serious illnesses, such as the West Nile Virus.

Mosquito prevention:

Wear light colored clothing when outside — mosquitoes prefer darker shades that radiate heat.

Wear long sleeves and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

Don't use strong fragrances — heavily scented toiletries like soap and perfume may attract mosquitoes.

Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients.

Stay inside at dawn and dusk — these are the times when mosquitoes are most active.

Clean up the yard — mosquitoes will lay their eggs in virtually anything that will accumulate water.

As little as a tablespoon of water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Cut back dense vegetation where mosquitoes like to rest

Recommendations:

DEET is a synthetic chemical repellent, that makes humans unattractive to mosquitoes. DEET is effective when sprayed on the skin and clothing because it overpowers carbon dioxide from skin and breath - essentially what attracts mosquitoes to us.

Muskol® has products providing 6-8 hours of protection and 23.5%-30% DEET plus related active toluamides.

The link between mosquitoes and the temperature?

Mosquitoes are found in nearly every part of Canada beginning in the spring and sticking around throughout the fall. Unlike many flies, mosquitoes hang around during the day as well as night. If you enjoy taking walks in the woods at daybreak or sitting in your yard until the late evening, make sure you protect and prepare yourself with Insect Repellent!

There's little that can prevent large outbreaks during summers due to heavy rainfall or humidity. During such periods, mosquito numbers can become unbelievably abundant, and Southern Canada, particularly the Prairies, can be severely affected.

The mosquito population decreases as rain fall decreases. This means there is less standing water to support the production of new mosquitoes. Cold weather increases natural mortality of adult mosquitoes and provides some mosquito-free months of the year. With milder temperatures, some mosquitoes actually live longer, increasing the chance that a mosquito infected with West Nile virus will live long enough to pass the virus on to another victim. Since mosquitoes are cold-blooded, the cooler temperatures slow down their metabolism, causing the mosquitoes to remain inactive for long periods, essentially extending their lives.

On warm, sunny days mosquitoes will become active and attempt to feed on anything that comes within range, so take precautions when outdoors. Products containing DEET have been the recommended mosquito repellents for years.

Muskol® Insect Repellent will provide up to 8 hours of effective protection against mosquitoes, and also repels black flies, chiggers, deer flies, biting midges, stable flies and ticks.

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