At the end of the summer, many parents took advantage of taking their children to travel before entering the new school year. However, August-September is also the peak period of mosquitoes and insects due to persistent rain, hot and humid weather.
Below are essential items that parents should prepare before the trip begins to protect the family from the risk of mosquitoes and insects.
If you go camping or picnic outdoors, family members should wear discreet clothing to reduce the risk of mosquito attacks. The color of the dress is also very important. Insects generally tend to be attracted by dark clothes or many patterns. The level of mosquito attraction of colors from high to low includes black (the most attractive color), red (very attractive color), gray and blue (normal), khaki and yellow (less attractive color).
According to Dr. Jonathan Day – Department of Insect Medicine, University of Florida, USA: If you wear dark colors, you will be in a backlit position and mosquitoes can see you, which causes you to be bitten by mosquitoes. than. Therefore, families should choose clothing with neutral colors such as khaki, beige and olive colors to reduce mosquito attraction.
In addition, parents should keep in mind to avoid having bare feet or open shoes. Instead, wear closed shoes and use sweat-absorbing socks to ensure dryness and odor-free mosquitoes.
Select a camping area
When choosing areas to rest or camp, families should choose spacious, airy and dry places so mosquitoes can not easily reach. It is necessary to avoid dense, wet areas, stagnant water or places with lots of wood and leaves because it is not only a mosquito’s shelter but many other dangerous insects such as scorpions, centipedes, and worms. , leech ….
If you intend to camp overnight, mothers should prepare bed nets as this is a very effective and handy method to prevent mosquito bites while sleeping.
Keep your body hydrated
Maintaining a hydrated body is an effective way to avoid mosquitoes during long trips. Mosquitoes tend to be attracted by the smell of sweat and people with high body temperature, so when the body starts to sweat, parents should give the baby water immediately to replenish the lost water.
Use mosquito repellent products
Currently, spray or topical mosquito repellent products are very popular because they are effective and safe to repel mosquitoes as well as convenience when families can use them anytime, anywhere.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Environmental Protection Institute (EPA), the ingredient that helps repel mosquitoes effectively used so far is DEET (Diethyltoluamide). DEET is not an insecticide. DEET only works to cover substances secreted by human skin such as CO2 and lactic acid – substances that smell very attractive and attract mosquitoes. Use mosquito repellent products with a concentration of DEET from 10 – 30% to help repel mosquitoes effectively and still ensure safety for users’ health.