Mosquitoes and ticks are some of the worst biting insects around. Mosquitoes by themselves can infect you with such things as Zika, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and a host of other illnesses. Likewise, ticks can also make you sick by infecting you with Lyme disease, spotted fever, tularemia, and several others.

Both of these bugs have plagued humans for centuries, and back then there wasn’t a whole lot anyone could do if they became infected. Modern medicine will usually take care of any mosquito or tick-borne diseases, but the best way to not get sick is by preventing them from biting you.

Here are four ways to prevent mosquito and tick-borne diseases from bugging you while keeping your family safe.

#1 – Keep Them Out of Your Home

This sounds like the easiest thing to do, but it may be the most difficult. Mosquitoes can fly in any open window, and ticks can come in from pets, kids, or anyone who had been outdoors.

Always keep doors closed and screens on your windows to prevent mosquitoes from flying in, and check pets and people who have been outside, for ticks. You’ll generally find ticks around the head and neck area of pets, and on people, they will usually be crawling up a leg, on the back, and in hair on the head.

#2 – Insect Repellent

A good insect repellent applied to the skin and clothing is very effective. If you are around trees, at the beach, or plan to be out and about around dusk, an insect repellent will discourage mosquitoes and ticks from landing or crawling on you.

Make sure all of the exposed parts of your body are thoroughly covered, and also apply it to your clothing, especially on your pants legs.

#3 – Clothing from Head to Foot

Although this may not be possible during the hotter parts of the year, if you can keep yourself covered, you’ll be far less susceptible to biting insects.

If possible, wear lighter colored clothing, especially when you are in tick infested areas. If you come into contact with ticks, you’ll be able to see them crawling on your clothing, and you can then remove them before they bite.

#4 – Mosquito and Tick Control

If you are bothered by mosquitoes and ticks around your residence, you can actually get mosquito and tick control done by a professional exterminator. Areas can be sprayed to kill mosquitoes and ticks, and this can be done as regular maintenance or scheduled before gatherings to make the area safe and bug free.

If you are worried about mosquito and tick-borne diseases, contact the experts at Oliver Exterminating. We can take care of any nasty mosquito or tick problems you may have, and that might be the best way to keep your family safe against the diseases that come from mosquitoes or ticks.

Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases: 4 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe in Puerto Rico

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