Ways to prevent mosquito bites include limiting the time you spend outside when mosquitoes are most active and covering up with long pants, long sleeves and socks. Use insect repellent properly to minimize your chances of getting mosquito bites.
- Read the labels on mosquito repellent
Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents are safe to use and have been proven to work against mosquitoes. Look for these active ingredients while you are reading the labels: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Buy a couple cans of spray
Buy a can of spray to reapply while you are on the go.
- Spray your clothes and skin
Thoroughly spray your clothes and exposed skin from the shoulders down. Do not spray anywhere near your face. To apply bug spray to your neck and ears, spray the repellent onto your hands, and rub it onto these areas. Don't use spray items containing permethrin on your skin; use it on your clothing only, and do not spray on skin covered by clothing. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Apply mosquito repellent whenever you go outdoors
Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn and around stagnant bodies of water. However, during mosquito season, you should apply mosquito repellent anytime you go outside.