Either you are camping, or taking the kids for a walk, at the barbecue, or simply running around the backyard, during the summer season, you need to protect your kids from mosquito bites. Plus, you do not want your kids to spend their summer scratching those annoying mosquito bites, do you?
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Probably the most practical and easier-to-get plant is the geranium. Sadly, however, the use of this plant was based on assumptions alone and never had any scientific backup. Lemon thyme and lemon balm are both perennial plants that have a very mild repellent action on mosquitoes. Now, I would not trust these alone to try and repel those mosquitoes from coming down to try your kids’ sweet blood.
Remove any mosquito breeding ground
Mosquito larvae develop in stagnant waters. So, if you combine occasional rains with a hot summer, you get the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. The first step is to clean your yard. Remove anything that might contain a deposit where water might accumulate.
If you have old tires, make sure they are safely stored away from humidity. Cover any puddle that may have formed with the rain. Get rid of any source of mosquitoes in your yard.
Spray the backyard
You can get insect repellent at your closest store for around $30. Spray it around your backyard to protect the entire area from mosquitoes. Preferably, do it in early summer before mosquitoes make a summer home.
Another great option is to hire the services of a professional pest removal to do the spraying for you. Your yard should be protected for at least 3 weeks.
Cover your kids
Whenever you take the kids outside, try to have them use sleeved shirts and long pants. Short pants are a lot more fun but they should be a no-no when it comes to going out to the barbecue. Long sleeves are recommended unless the heat is scorching outside.
Also, have your kids wear only light clothes as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
Use mosquito repellent
Mosquito repellents are very effective at masking the odor of blood to prevent mosquitoes from finding you. Just be careful what type of repellent you are applying on your kids. Some of them can cause allergies on them. To be sure, apply a little bit on a safe area of the skin to test before applying on the entire body.
Probably the best way to go is to use a natural repellent. Or find a natural repellent that is safe for little kids.