For pregnant women who love to spend time outdoors – look out! Studies show that mosquitoes find you to be a tastier target than others.
The reason is not so scientifically complex. Mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide. Our exhale of carbon dioxide is how they locate us. Pregnant women, exhaling heavier than others because they are carrying the extra weight of their unborn child, naturally produce more carbon dioxide. In addition, pregnant women have a warmer average body temperature, which is a cue for biting and landing, says Joseph Conlon, a medical entomologist with the American Mosquito Control Association.
Avoiding Mosquitoes During Pregnancy
Mosquitoes can carry viruses that can be harmful to you and your baby. And, the itch caused by mosquito bites can become infected when excessively scratched. While the likelihood of Malaria or West Nile Virus is low for those living in the U.S., the consequences of even low odds are not worth the risk.
What can pregnant women do to avoid the annoyance of mosquito bites when outdoors?
- Wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Wear light-colored clothing.
- Wear loose-fitted clothes. Mosquitos can bite through tight clothing.
- Use citronella candles or torches to repel mosquitoes.
- Use an FDA-approved mosquito repellent.
- Avoid places with standing water.
- Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Solving A Mosquito Infestation
Pregnancy and mosquitoes don’t mix. If you live in a humid climate, chances are you live among mosquitoes. That doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors or live with mosquito bites. A professional pest control company like Ecola has mosquito control solutions that will have you enjoying your yard again. Call 800 471-BUGS (2847) to learn how Ecola can help you eliminate mosquitoes and make your property less attractive to future infestations.
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