Ah- Halloween! The season of gremlins and ghouls is upon us, and costumes and candy rule the day! However, if your locality has not experienced a heavy freeze, nasty mosquitoes will still be out on Halloween. Here are a few tips from Vampire Captain Stan to minimize your exposure whether you are dispensing candy or seeking it yourself.
- If costumes permit, cover as much of your exposed skin as possible. Limit access for the blood-seekers (mosquitoes, not vampires!)
- If needed, use a mosquito repellent that has an EPA-registered active ingredient (https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html)
- Mosquitoes love entering houses through open doors. When answering the doorbell, don’t leave the door wide open while giving treats. Invite the visitors in or go outside with them. If weather permits, you can set up your candy store outside or in the garage but be sure and protect yourself!
- Many kinds of mosquitoes are highly attracted to white light. Consider using yellow ‘bug lights’ or perhaps even super cool Halloween bulbs in your outdoor fixtures. This will help limit the mosquitoes attracted to your front door as well as to your property.
Happy Haunting and remember: Safety First!