Six ways to deal with flying insects
Fresh air, blooming flowers, greenery everywhere. It’s enough to make you leave work early to enjoy the spring breeze on your deck with a book and some fresh lemonade – until the buzzing, or biting of a mosquito brings you back to reality. All is not well in this spring paradise!
Just what is up with these insects? And what do we do about it?
The winter has been harsh in Canada this year but if you thought that might mean fewer bugs in the spring – think again! Insects in our geographic area easily survive the sub-zero temperatures, long winter and wet spring we just had. So we can’t avoid it – they’re here!
In Ontario, black flies, bees, mosquitoes, and biting midges (which you probably know as no-see-ums), all abound in spring, and this year they will be plentiful. Insect bites commonly cause itchiness, irritation and allergies. In extreme cases, illnesses can be a side effect –think Lyme disease or West Nile. While not particularly common, they are potentially serious.
But don’t let these uninvited pests stop you from enjoying the outdoors. Here are some simple steps you can take to enjoy time in the sunshine while keeping your family protected from itchy consequences.
- Insect repellant is a great place to start. Whether you prefer DEET or something more natural, be sure to cover up. Your local pharmacy or department store offers quite a variety.
- Most flying insects are happy to leave you alone, if you do the same to them. Avoid trampling in tall grass, be observant when walking in parks or trails and don’t disturb obvious nests or hives.
- Wear light coloured clothing with long sleeves, long pants with elastic cuffs, or – how fashionable is this! – tuck your pants into your socks. It’s a great way to prevent ticks or other insects from crawling under the clothing.
- For hiking or camping in the deep woods, a bug hat is a good bet. These have mesh hanging from the brim to protect your face and neck as much as possible.
- Bee stings can are painfully annoying and result in life-threatening allergic reactions. Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos and deodorants. Further, if you are allergic, make sure to carry an allergy kit and wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace to inform others of your reaction.
- Citronella candles on your porch or deck can help to keep insects away, particularly at night. Since outdoor lighting attracts flying pests, screening your outdoor eating area is a fantastic way to stay protected while enjoying the sunset.
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So despite the mosquitoes, you can now experience a new level of comfort, style and versatility and enjoy spring in full bloom. Time to get the hammock out!
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