4 Tips for Backyard Mosquito Control

Avoid Them Altogether

The simplest way to keep yourself from ending up with a body full of bites is to make yourself unattractive to the mosquitoes, by using traditional repellents (like those containing permethrin, suggested for use on clothes and gear as opposed to skin, or DEET); wearing long sleeves and long pants; closing gaps in screens and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting into your house or porch; and burning citronella candles, which work best on days that aren’t too windy. If you’re trying to protect the kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics approves repellents with 30 percent DEET or less for children older than two months.

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