It’s the sweet summer time. My trees and flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping and the dog is barking at squirrels. It all sounds oh so normal, especially with the flutter of the occasional butterfly wings and buzzing of bees. But one thing we don’t want to encounter during the summer months is mosquitoes!
See that picture up above? That’s my 7 year old. She was wearing long sleeves and pants. She went outside to plant a few flowers and plants, including our stay away mosquito plants like mint and citronella. Looks like the mosquitoes weren’t happy about us coming into their territory. In just a few moments I counted over 17 bites. Yep, 17! And that is with clothing covering her body. Part of our problem is she is allergic to certain types of mosquito bites and in the past it’s sent us to the emergency room. It’s time to get touch with these bugs.
So I turned to expert Kim Kelley-Tunis to find out what we can do to keep the pesky mosquitoes away. Her top tips include:
- Covering up with clothing
- Using insect repellent
- (New to me) Turn on a fan when you are outside – it makes sense! The fan is blowing so hard that mosquitoes can’t fly around it.
Find out what other avoiding mosquitoes, prevention and care tips that she has to offer in our interview video below.
About Kim Kelley-Tunis
Kim Kelley-Tunis has spent her entire career surrounded by pests and insects. As technical services director for Orkin, she leads education and training for the company’s technical services team. She also helped start an internet-based university geared toward the pest management industry.
Kelley-Tunis has been a featured speaker at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the American Institute of Baking. She is also a contributing columnist to Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine and has written articles for many magazines and journals, including Pest Management Professional magazine.