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Fight Mosquito Bites This Summer: Tips from SC Johnson’s Bug Experts

Warm weather and summer are here, which means families are spending more time outdoors – but so are mosquitoes. Whether you are at a barbecue with family, getting fresh air with a walk around your neighborhood or enjoying a backyard bonfire, it’s important to take proper precautions to fight mosquito bites this summer!

For over 60 years, bug experts from SC Johnson’s Center for Insect Science and Family Health, one of the largest private, urban entomology research centers in the world, have been dedicated to studying insects like ants, cockroaches, and mosquitoes.  With six decades of research leadership, SCJ teams have the insights, and products, to help protect you and your family from mosquitoes that may carry diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika.

As mosquitoes make their appearance throughout the summer, here are six helpful tips from our bug experts to protect your family while being outdoors:

1. Remove standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so removing it from your home and high traffic areas outside your home can reduce their numbers. Rain gutters, buckets, bird baths or fountains with stagnant water are all possible breeding sites.

2. Avoid planning activities around peak mosquito hours. Although mosquitoes can bite any time of the day, they are most active at dawn and dusk. Schedule your outdoor activities to avoid these times when possible. 

3. Apply a pest pre-treatment to your yard. A pre-treatment product, works to protect your yard from mosquitoes and other insects. Always read product directions prior to application.

4. Apply personal repellent. Applying a personal pest repellent correctly can help protect you from mosquito bites. Before using, always read the product label and follow directions. Personal repellents come in many forms, including lotions, aerosol sprays and wipes, and may contain active ingredients such as DEET or picaridin. Personal repellents should be used on exposed skin to prevent mosquitoes from biting. Some repellents should not be used with certain fabrics such as rayon, spandex, acetate or other synthetic fabrics, so it’s important to always read the product label before applying to clothing.

5. Wear appropriate clothing. Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites by acting as a barrier between your skin and the mosquito. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors. In addition, consider wearing light-colored clothing as mosquitoes can be more attracted to darker colors.

6. Have spatial repellents on hand to keep mosquitoes away. Area, or spatial repellents, are used to reduce encounters between humans and mosquitoes in a broad area, including outdoor seating or around the yard. There are many kinds of area repellents, so read the individual label carefully before selecting a product that’s right for your family.

The researchers at the SC Johnson Center for Insect Science and Family Health are dedicated to entomological research to better understand and manage insects that may carry diseases such as malaria, dengue and Zika. Since the 1950s, SC Johnson researchers in Racine, Wisconsin have studied and advanced the sciences of insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior and toxicology, as well as infestation management and insect-borne disease prevention.

Tips from our mosquito experts to keep mosquitos away this Memorial Day!