Do you need help avoiding mosquitoes and other pests?

Lisa Wurth

June 22, 2012

Do you need help avoiding mosquitoes and other pests? Those moderate days in the summer where the balance of humidity and sunshine are at an even keel can be ideal for sitting outside and watching the neighborhood go by. As the day ebbs and flows in cycles – people coming home from work, kids playing dodgeball in their front yards – your relative can feel happy that he or she is part of a community that's cheerful and bustling with activity. But while your relative is outside, you may want to guide him or her toward safe practices that will prevent falls or visits from outdoor pests.

1. Bug repellents and pesticides. The most effective guard against mosquitoes and other bugs is also the easiest – wear bug repellent. Many topical repellents are available in lotion or spray form, while citronella candles can be a good, fragrant alternative if your relative is hesitant to apply a repellent daily. A heavy-duty pesticide may also be an effective choice if your relative wants more comprehensive protection. Be careful when choosing a pesticide that it won't be harmful to pets, and if you plan on spraying it over your relative's garden, also be sure that it won't be toxic to fruits and vegetables.

2. Wear light-colored clothing. On hot days, sweat accumulates on the uppermost layer of skin and can be like a beacon guiding mosquitoes and other bugs straight to your relative. Advise him or her to ditch their darkly-colored attire in favor of airy summertime clothing. Pastels and other light-hued clothes won't prevent your relative from getting sweaty on very warm days, but they can decrease the amount of heat that gets trapped in his or her duds.

3. Keep landscape free of vegetation. Pests don't just pop up out of nowhere. Shrubs, bushes and other vegetation can be breeding grounds for these creepy crawlers to dwell. To prevent potential exposure to fleas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend regularly purging lawns of tall grass and brush. If you're unable to do this work yourself, consider hiring a landscape company that can visit your relative's home to maintain the yard and surroundings.

If your relative plans to help in the lawn work, the risk of a fall or accidents can increase. Get peace of mind with a medical alarm system from Bay Alarm. A single push of a button can allow the senior in your life to reach out to emergency staff who can help in the event of an outdoor fall or emergency situation.

4. Protect pets from ticks and fleas. If your relative is a pet owner, he or she faces an added risk during the summer. While animals can be an excellent source of companionship for seniors, they can also expose your relative to ticks, fleas and other outside nuisances. If the pet does come into contact with fleas or ticks, it can be easy for it to infect your relative's home. Ensure that your relative's pet stays pest-free by scheduling regular appointments with your local veterinarian. A steady regimen of anti-flea medication or a topical product like a flea and tick collar can prevent this from occurring. 

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