Mosquitoes are a big problem in the summer, especially for kids. Not only do mosquitoes cause itching and irritation, they are also known for carrying diseases, like West Nile. In our day care center’s last blog, we told you how to treat your child’s mosquito bites, but the best way to deal with mosquitoes is to avoid them in the first place! That is why our child care professionals in Peekskill have come up with the following list of tips to help you prevent your child from getting mosquito bites:

#1. Avoid going outside in the mornings and evenings.

Mosquitoes are the most active at dawn and at dusk, so it is best to avoid going outside during those times.

#2. Don’t play in places where mosquitoes congregate.

Popular places for mosquitoes to congregate include garbage cans, gardens and pools of water, so avoid these areas when you play outside with your child. It is important to note that mosquitos breed in standing water, so if you have any in your back yard, you should get rid of it.

#3. Keep mosquitoes from coming into your home.

Open windows are a must for homes that don’t have air conditioning, but you can still keep the mosquitoes out of your home by making sure that you have screens in place.

#4. Use insect repellent.

Unless your child is very young or has a sensitivity to DEET, a repellent containing up to 30% DEET should be safe for your child, but this should not be used for infants and very young children. If you are unsure about whether the repellent is safe or not, ask your child’s doctor!

#5. Long shirt and pants.

If your child is going to be outside in the cool mornings and evenings, dress them in long shirt and pants.