Usually when we think of RVing or camping, we think of being outdoors. The two generally go hand in hand. There are many wonderful aspects of being out in nature, however there is one that many people are not too fond of, mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes pesky little creatures, but also they can leave you with itchy bites and they can carry serious diseases including malaria, meningitis and West Nile virus. When you are outdoors use some general protective measures to keep you and your family from getting bit.
Know when mosquitos are the most active. Although there is no time of day that you are 100% safe, mosquitoes generally prefer to bite during dawn and dusk or in the evening after dark.
Wear protective clothing. The more area of your skin that you protect, the less area mosquitoes will have to bite. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed toed shoes and hats can help minimize your exposure to mosquitos. You can also apply insect repellent or insecticide on your clothing for an extra layer of protection.
Use insect repellent and/or insecticides. There are several products and sprays to choose from when using insect repellent. They include aerosol sprays, vaporizing mats, and mosquito coils. Repellent for use on your skin or clothing should contain the ingredients DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD and IR3535. Choose the type of repellent that fits your needs.
Practice caution when using repellents.
• Apply repellents only to exposed skin and clothing and follow the product directions.
• Do not use repellents on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
• Do not apply repellent to you eyes or mouth and limit the amount around your ears.
• Do not spray directly onto your face. First spray into hands and then apply.
• Wash your hands after each use.
• Do not allow children to apply repellent.
• A thin layer of repellent should suffice in protection. Do not saturate your skin.
• When you return indoors and will not be outside any longer, you may remove repellent with soap and water or a bath.
• Wash your treated clothing before wearing again.
The next time you are RVing or camping in the great outdoors, remember how to protect you and your family from those pesky little mosquitoes and for more information about protection from mosquitoes and insect repellents go to cdc.gov. Come visit us at your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, and let us know what protection worked best for you!