A mosquito might not seem like a big and a scary insect, but it is one of the most dangerous amongst the insects of the world. Why, you may ask? Because mosquito bites are capable of spreading deadly diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria. In fact, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting a variety of diseases to an estimated 700 million people or more annually.
There are ample reasons to take every possible measure to avoid mosquito bites even without taking into account their terrible, stinging itchiness. For the best chance at thwarting these tiny insects, know Where mosquitoes live and How to stay protected from them.
As for the “Where” mosquitoes live – they live in warmer, wetter areas which tend to be close to the equator. Also, mosquitoes are often attracted to water especially standing water, stagnant creeks, marshes and swamps that are havens for mosquitoes during the summer season.
It’s easy to create habitats for mosquitoes to live and breed in unintentionally. For instance, a kiddy pool left out in the summer sun for several days can soon become a hotbed for mosquitoes. Get rid of any stagnant water around your home or campsite.
Now coming to the “How”. The process of repelling and staying protected from mosquitoes can sometimes be taxing. I know that you must be worried about the safety of your kids from these dangerous little insects. There are various ways to stay safe from mosquitoes –
a. Avoid mosquito hotspots
One way you can avoid mosquito bites when travelling is to check if your holiday destination is a hot spot for mosquito activity, and in particular, the areas where the mosquito-borne diseases are more prevalent.
b. Use insect repellents- The mosquito repellents from Goodknight are an efficient way to stay safe from mosquitoes. Goodknight Fabric Roll-On protects your kids from all kinds of mosquitoes when outdoors, including those that spread malaria, dengue and chikungunya. You just have to apply 4 dots on your child’s clothes before they leave for school in the morning or before they go out to play. This simple habit will ensure that your child stays protected from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours.
Another product is Goodknight Patches – just as useful! Patches are specifically designed for infants to protect them from mosquitoes. In addition to protecting kids, these are also available in fun designs, which the little one would love.
Both these products are an effective way to keep away mosquitoes when you are outside. And since they are 100% natural and safe to use on kids, I highly recommend using them on a regular basis.
c. Avoid certain times of the day- Mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, although this may differ depending on the species. These times of the day are often cooler and less windy making conditions more favourable for mosquitoes.
d. Wear light-coloured clothing- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours. Wearing lightly coloured clothing is an excellent way to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
e. Keep the air circulated- Mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers (that’s why they are more active during dusk and dawn when there is little wind). Keeping air circulated with the use of fans is an excellent way to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito, as it makes it difficult for them to fly near you. For complete mosquito protection indoors, I recommend using the Goodknight Activ+ system. Its beauty lies in its dual mode technology – you can easily switch between the two modes, Normal and Activ, depending on the number of mosquitoes in your house. Usually, I keep it on Normal mode I the day and switch to the 2x power Activ mode in the morning and night when mosquito infestation tends to be higher.
So now that you know all the tricks and tips to stay safe from mosquitoes, incorporate these habits into your daily routine.