Living in Florida is great, especially for kids. With seemingly endless summers, they never have to worry about being stuck indoors. Unfortunately, Florida living means dealing with the ever-present problem of mosquitos and other biting insects. Here are some of the best ways to protect toddlers from biting insects.
Minimizing Children’s Exposure
If you are looking to protect your toddler from bug bites, the first step is understanding when the bugs are out biting. Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk, so keeping your children indoors during these periods is a great way to begin to limit their exposure to biting insects.
You can also dress your toddlers in lighter-colored clothing, as these colors are less likely to attract insects. In addition, you can tuck their pants into their socks, make sure they are wearing long-sleeved shirts, and have them wear closed-toed shoes. Also, try to keep them away from swampy areas, or areas with standing water, as these are hotbeds for mosquitos.
Deet and Insecticides
There are a wide variety of natural mosquito and biting insect repellants on the market today. Citronella is one of the most popular of these, but they can be ineffective. This is because they often wear off quickly, or in the case of candles, their reach simply isn’t great enough.
The most effective sprays for controlling biting insects are that have the active ingredient called Deet. Deet is the most commonly added chemical found in many bug sprays. It’s an effective way to keep mosquitos, no-see-ums, and other biting insects off of those who are sprayed with the chemical. While Deet is generally harmless, there are nonetheless incidents when side effects from its use are reported. These side-effects, while relatively minor in nature, still make the use of Deet controversial, especially around toddlers.
Prevention is the Best Protection
Because of the issues with common chemical insecticides prevention is the best way to keep your toddlers safe from mosquitos and biting insects. And while minimizing their potential exposure sounds great, in places like South Florida that really isn’t practical, especially when it comes to the outdoors. We practically spend our lives outdoors down here, and with that comes the exposure to biting insects.
Fortunately, there are misting systems which can be installed to make outdoor spaces as safe as possible for your little ones. There are several mosquito misting systems on the market today. These systems help control pests in your outdoor spaces by spraying a mist which deters mosquitos, no-see-ums and biting insects. However, many of these and cookie-cutter systems, using inferior parts and are not tailored to the specific needs of each property. Worse, many of these companies don’t actually specialize in mosquito control, so they offer little regarding practical assistance or support.
SWAT Mosquito Systems
At SWAT Mosquito Systems, we specialize in making and installing mosquito misting systems – it’s all we do. This means that we provide the best service and the best support.
Our SWAT Mosquito Systems kills mosquitoes and no-see-ums without harming the environment. We make it hard for mosquitoes and no-see-ums, but easy for you. You can turn the system off completely using the remote control or at the control panel. We’re the largest and most respected mosquito control company in Florida.
Don’t let mosquitoes invade your little slice of paradise. If you want to stop worrying about mosquitoes and other biting insects, and start enjoying your own backyard and patio, you can get your very own mosquito misting system set up right away. Call SWAT Mosquito Systems at 1-866-900-SWAT and find out how our licensed technicians can help you today.