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Warm weather brings outdoor fun… and mosquitos!

Understanding why mosquitoes bite will help with prevention. Certain substances emitted through sweat and enhanced by bacteria on human skin are irresistible to mosquitoes. Lactic acid, for instance, which is commonly found in human sweat, attracted about 90 percent of the mosquitoes in one study. Shower after exercise or any activity causing you to sweat, before going outdoors.  Stay as cool and dry as possible, to help prevent being bitten.

Also, avoid mosquito bites by staying inside around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be out during those times, wear loosely fitting and light colored long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, and socks. Some mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing and can bite right through tight garments.  Stay away from shrubby areas, ponds and standing water, if possible, where mosquitoes are more prevalent.

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