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Now that summer is here, it’s important to be vigilant about mosquito safety. 

There are so many incredible things about summer, but it also brings one of the peskiest and most dangerous insects around, mosquitoes. Not only do mosquitoes leave bites that are itchy and uncomfortable, they also spread diseases, such as Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Researchers have found that both of these viruses are carried by mosquitoes in California, so it’s important to protect yourself and your children from mosquitoes this summer. Luckily, our Fremont daycare has come up with these summer mosquito safety tips to help:

#1. Always wear repellent. 

Insect repellent is the most important aspect of mosquito protection. According to the CDC, insect repellents that contain DEET are the most effective, but if you prefer not to use DEET, there are many natural options out there as well.

#2. Know when to go outside. 

There are some parts of the day when mosquitoes are more active, including dawn and dusk. To avoid mosquitoes, plan to stay indoors during these times.

#3. Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. 

Mosquitoes prefer to breed and raise their young in standing water, so make sure that you avoid standing water in and around your home. When not in use, empty kid pools, birdbaths and other sources of standing water in your yard. It’s also important to avoid standing water when you are out and about.

Whether your child is at our daycare center or at home with you, it’s important to be vigilant about mosquito safety during the summer.