One of the best ways to find mosquito bite relief is to avoid them altogether. Stay inside during dawn and dusk hours.
If you do go outside, wear long pants and long sleeved shirts that cover as much skin as possible. Mosquitoes can detect bare skin and sense carbon dioxide exhaled from animals and people up to 23 meters away.
Use screens with very tiny holes on all windows and open doorways. These will prevent flying insects from coming inside.
Use a bug repellent that uses the chemical DEET which has been proven highly effective in repelling mosquitoes.
Use fans indoors or on porches and decks. Since mosquitoes are terrible fliers, the turbulent air keeps them away from your area.
You should also routinely remove standing water on your property since mosquito larvae can only hatch in water. Their life cycle is very quick, and some species can breed in puddles left by rain storms. Fill in open holes in trees and tree stumps that can collect water.
Use repellents like citronella or plant citronella grass in your yard. This is a powerful repellant, but remember to crush the grass leaves to release the chemicals that are effective.
Although most mosquito bites are harmless and do not carry the risk of serious illnesses, Canada has seen a dramatic increase in annual reports of mosquito-borne diseases. In particular these include viruses spread by certain mosquito species like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
A person’s chance of becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains relatively low. Nevertheless, you should always ensure that you take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family thus reducing the risks in being infected by a serious vector-borne disease.