Have You Ever Met a Mosquito You Actually Liked?

Mosquitos aren’t beloved creatures. They’re not cute, endearing or smart. About the only things they’re good for is annoying us (at best) and spreading disease (at worst). For the most part, we just want to keep them away.

This is particularly important this year, with the threat of the Zika virus upon us.

And yet, many Americans don’t know that mosquitos carry, and spread, the Zika virus.

Consumer products company Spectrum Brands recently conducted a survey, and found that while 93% of Americans have heard of Zika and 79% know that mosquito bites are the main method of transmission22% of Americans cannot identify a single active ingredient deemed effective by the CDC2 for repelling mosquitoes.

So Spectrum (who make these products) would like to help.

The company is offering these mosquito-bite prevention tips:

  • Use an EPA-registered personal insect repellent when you’re outside. Experts recommend products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding ground around your home by eliminating standing water in places like flower pots, bird baths and gutters.
  • Inspect the screens on your windows and repairing them if needed.
  • Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home by spraying your favorite insecticide around doors and windows.
  • Take additional precautions when traveling to affected regions: Staying and sleeping in air-conditioned or screened rooms, or using bed netting if exposed to the outdoors.

You could also stick to places where there aren’t many mosquitoes. Places like Times Square, or the middle of the Sahara desert, for instance.

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