Do Mosquitoes Prevent Outdoor Activities?

Friday, July 26, 2013

As the summer onslaught of mosquitoes continues, residents in rain-soaked areas of the country are becoming more hesitant to step outside. Many communities are reporting higher numbers of mosquitoes than usual, with breeding grounds plentiful after recent heavy rains.

More mosquitoes may also be doing more damage than we realize. A study led by Rutgers University shows that children are not spending as much time outside because of stinging and biting insects, which could be contributing to childhood obesity. Areas where this correlation is especially evident are in states where the Asian Tiger mosquito is prevalent. This species of mosquito is active throughout the day instead of between dusk and dawn like its common cousins.

Although some mosquito breeding grounds are difficult to remove, like marshy areas or puddles along the road, eliminating them on your personal property will help reduce the mosquito population in your community. Also, if you’re worried about getting bitten but want to spend time outdoors, experts recommend wearing insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET, picaridin or IR3535 to keep mosquitoes at bay.