Sunscreen and bicycle helmets keep your little ones safe while they enjoy the summer sun — but when the sun sets, mosquitoes rise.
Especially this summer with all the rain that's fallen in the Midwest.
According to the CDC, disease cases from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled in the U.S. from 2004 to 2016.
Dr. Kara Wada, allergist and immunologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has some tips on how you can keep those mosquitoes away.
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellent: Repellents with DEET are highly effective, but there are alternatives with ingredients like picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Wear clothing treated with an insecticide: Permethrin-treated clothing can kill or repel mosquitoes. You can usually find permethrin in outdoor stores.
- Make sure door and window screens are intact: Check all door and window screens and repair any holes to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your home.
- Use air conditioning.
- Remove standing water around your home: Look for areas where mosquitoes can lay eggs and breed. At least once a week, disturb and clean areas of standing water to prevent eggs from hatching.
- Place netting over cribs, strollers and car seats: Children 2 months and younger cannot use insect repellent.