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FEBRUARY 01 2022 /
Because of the dangers facing pregnant women in particular, we recommend checking out this guide to learn where the Zika virus is prevalent and avoid these places when picking a spot to vacay.
We suggest picking a resort with good prevention, such as screens and air conditioning. However, if you choose a more camp-style approach, go prepared with a mosquito net to put over your bed for a more comfortable sleep.
This should be number 1 on your packing list. We recommend a bug spray with at least 20% DEET, as this will allot for about 5 hours of prevention from most bugs ' especially mosquitoes.
For babies under 2 months old, we do not recommend using bug spray, as the chemicals will be too intense. Instead, drape mosquito netting with an elastic edge (for a tight fit) over their carrier or car seat.
It's debatable whether one should wear loose or tight fitted clothing, but regardless, you should layer them on. Every item of clothing is a layer between you and the bugs; you can even try a hat for more protection from the pests. When packing, aim for light colors like pastels and whites, as mosquitoes are most attracted to dark blues, grays and blacks.
A new bug repellent on the market is the electronic racquet. These tennis racquets zap bugs nearby and are great for when you're around food or need to kill a mosquito that has invaded your room.
There are many candles and coils you can buy to prevent mosquitoes from your inhabitance. Hanging coils from the ceilings, burning fragrances, and having a fan going, are all great, easy ways to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Mosquitoes breed in still sitting water. If there is any sitting water nearby, empty it immediately to prevent the Zika-transmitting pests. Try to avoid areas like ponds or swamps when out venturing, and after those long adventures, when you might have still water (sweat) sitting on you, be sure to dry off or shower to prevent bites!
With all this talk of bug prevention on vacation, you shouldn't have to come back home to the bugs! Schedule a service with our pest control experts today!