Nothing can be more annoying than a buzzing, biting mosquito causing bumps and bites on your kid’s skin. But Mosquitoes spread fatal diseases too. So, how does a mother keep her kids safe from them? You should know which time in the day is safe and when you need extra wide-awake!
Kids learn many extremely useful lessons from the outdoor world such as a new lesson to be learned at the playground every day, a conversation with a neighborhood friend. No matter what fears we have about the world outside the home, it is not recommended to let kids be confined indoors. But neither is it safe to let them become the target of disease-causing mosquitoes that lurk outside. However, a mother will always want to protect her kids. So what time of the time are mosquitoes most active?
When Are Do Mosquitoes Most Active?
The common house mosquitoes are most active during the night. Their bodies naturally wake them up in the evenings. This is because daylight and extreme sun exposure can kill them. These mosquitoes hide out in cool, shaded areas that are wet until dusk. These are most likely to bite early in the evening when they wake up and fly out from their hiding places. This continues all through the night.
The unpleasant mosquito that is linked to causing dengue is one that bites in the day time. Once this mosquito gains entry into your home, the temperature, and light keeping it more active and energetic.
When Is Your Kid at Serious Risk Of Getting Bitten?
Here are the high-risk times all mothers need to guard against.
- School Time
School means that you and your child are up early in the morning – the time when the dengue carrier mosquitoes are looking for victims. There are several risk areas for mosquito breeding even in the school premises, especially swimming pools, gardens, dark playroom cupboards, etc. Apply 4 well-spaced dots of safe repellent over your child’s clothes. This repels mosquitoes and your child will be protected all through the school day.
2. Post-School Activity Time
After school, kids like to spend time watching television, doing indoor activities, or simply running around the house. But this is also when common house-dwelling mosquitoes wake up and are blood-thirsty. Spraying a repellent or using a vaporizer is a good idea to safeguard your home at this time.
3. Outdoor Play Time
Coming to the evening, play-time outdoors with friends is what kids look forward to, this has been identified by experts as one of the highest-risk time for mosquito bites. Mosquitoes love active bodies because they are warm and the carbon dioxide from all that panting attracts them. Make sure you protect your child during outdoor play by dressing them in covered clothes. Also, don’t let them leave the house without a quick dab of Fabric Roll-On; it will successfully repel mosquitoes while your kids enjoy their playtime.
4. Sleep Time
Many mosquitoes are nocturnal. They are also drawn to carbon dioxide which is emitted during our breathing. This is why we find them buzzing near our faces during night time. The best way to protect your child from mosquito causing bumps and itching throughout the night is by using a mosquito net to ensure your kid sleeps peacefully.
Places to be avoided
There are some areas that are geographically more prone to mosquitoes, increasing your chances of getting bitten. Areas such are farms, still, water bodies or gardens have a higher density of mosquito breeding grounds. Places with gutters around are also unsafe in terms of swarms of mosquitoes.
Protect Your Child from Mosquitoes
Kids run and play much more than adults and are more likely to sweat. Mosquitoes are attracted to warm bodies, certain blood types, darker colors, and carbon dioxide.
- Prepare in advance
Most people assume that mosquitoes are most rampant during the late summertime. However, since we live in a tropical climate, we are at risk all year round. It is good to keep insect repellent ready when the temperature gets warmer.
- Add Protection Before They Step out
Since morning, late afternoon and evenings are prime time for mosquito bites, strictly adhere to protection before the child steps out of the house. Light-colored full-sleeved clothing can protect outdoor activities such as picnic, road trip, etc. The best part is that the repellent is child-safe so even infants can be well-protected when you venture outdoors with them. You can dab it onto the pram or stroller to keep mosquitoes away from your kid.
- Keep Mosquitoes Out Of The House
Add mosquito screens or nets to your home to keep mosquitoes out. This is particularly important during the late afternoon and early evening which is when mosquitoes can fly inside your house.
Now that you are armed with knowledge and have protective tips in place, you and your family do not have to change your schedule around mosquito timings. Just observe extra precautions during the high-risk times and your household will be disease-free.