Drain, Dress, Defend

Want to help protect yourself and your guests from those pesky mosquito bites around the house? Draining nearby mosquito habitats, dressing appropriately, applying the right mosquito repellent, and defending your yard are all protective actions you can take to beat the bugs this upcoming summer.

1. Drain

Since mosquitoes require water to breed, removing standing water around your home is a must-do come early Spring:

  • Clear roof gutters of water and debris

  • Drain any buckets, trashcans, tarps, plant pots, or larger objects that might collect rain

  • Clean out pet bowls and bird baths reguarly

  • Drill holes in the bottom of your recycling containers and trash cans to improve drying time

2. Dress

If you know you're going to be outside on a buggy evening, be sure to dress appropriately. Long-sleeved, loose fitting, light colored clothing will help eliminate the potential mosquito biting threat.

A non-greasy Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can be applied to clothing for extra protection without harming gear.

3. Defend

Choosing the right mosquito repellent for your body and yard is the final step in defending your family and friends from those unwanted pests. Start with a non-sticky insect repellent spray that has a refreshing scent -- you don't want to feel uncomfortable or smell funny. If you're having a BBQ or enjoying dinner on the patio, use mosquito repellent candles and mosquito repellent incense sticks so you can fortify your area and get back to what really matters...enjoying life outdoors!

Hart Roberts