Crowds are inevitable during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and if this year is anything like last, more than 43 million Americans will be traveling. With the heat, bugs will be too. Whether you’re heading to a baseball game or hitting the beach, protect yourself from mosquitoes and other bugs so you can enjoy the holiday bite-free.
Here are a few reminders as you head in to the holiday weekend:
- Pack EPA-approved bug repellent for your Fourth of July activities.
- Read label directions to determine the how often you should reapply. A general rule of thumb is every 4-6 hours.
- Know mosquito peak times. While most mosquitoes bite at dawn and dusk, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carriers of Zika, bite all day and tend to shoot for your ankles.
- Check out the area to see if bugs are present, and dress in light colored long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites.
Make the most out of your Fourth of July celebration with tips for preventing mosquito bites at four outdoor favorites.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Spending the day watching America’s pastime is a Fourth of July favorite for many families. If you’re headed to the ballpark, don’t forget your baseball cap and sunscreen for some extra. Apply sunscreen first, followed by EPA-approved bug repellent. Bring layers, such as a light jacket, to wear as the game goes into the evening. The long sleeves are another step to preventing mosquito bites. That’s one strike you can avoid!
Stroll Through the Park
Nothing says summer like sitting on a grassy patch with friends and family to watch fireworks. Avoid tall grass and un-mowed areas that could be home to mosquitoes. Grass brushing up against your legs can be itchy, not to mention you can guarantee a few crawling creatures are roaming around. Grab a blanket to sit on, and inspect the area for other insects, such as fire ants.
Hit the Beach
If you’re beach bound, don’t forget to pack the essentials – sunscreen, shade, beachy linen and a tote to carry your must-haves. Apply sunscreen first, followed by EPA-approved bug repellent. Floppy hats and sunglasses can help you beat the sun’s rays, and pack light colored long sleeves and pants for additional mosquito protection.
Explore the Outdoors
If you’re camping, heading to the lake or taking a hike, the great outdoors is filled with more than beautiful scenery—it’s also filled with bugs galore. EPA-approved bug repellent and sticking to the middle of the trail when hiking can help prevent ticks. Find a spot away from standing water to pitch your tent, and apply EPA-approved bug repellent to the outside, letting it dry before climbing in.
Wherever you plan to spend your Fourth of July weekend, enjoy the celebrations bug and bite-free!