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Insect Shield makes clothing treated with insect repellent for such retailers as L.L. Bean.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

-- Mosquitoes like anything dark, so dress in lighter colors. Avoid tight-fitting clothing, which the insects will bite right through.

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-- If you're having a party outdoors, use big floor fans to keep air moving. This also dissipates the odor of humans, hindering mosquitoes from finding you.

-- Don't leave stagnant water around. Empty water-filled plant saucers, drains or old tires. (Just what are old tires doing in your yard, anyway?) Change water frequently in wading pools, pet water bowls and birdbaths.

-- Sweat and smelly feet attract mosquitoes. Encourage your kids to keep their feet clean to avoid getting bitten.

-- Keep any repellents you use away from eyes, noses and mouths.

-- Consider clothing from Insect Shield (http://www.insectshield.com), which treats its fabrics with permethrin, a manmade version of the natural insect repellent found in chrysanthemums.

Resources

American Mosquito Control Association (http://www.mosquito.org); National Pest Management Association (http://www.pestworld.org); Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov; search for "Outdoor residential misting systems").

-- You can also check with your local jurisdiction for information on mosquito control.

Jura Koncius


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