Best Mosquito Repellent For Children

As much as we would like to we cannot completely get rid of mosquitoes. However, there are several things that we can do to keep the mosquito population around our home down, and to protect our children from the pesky, biting, disease carrying little insects.

Lime your yard…

Lime is often used on lawns to kill insect larva. If you spread the lime over your entire lawn at the end of the fall season it will not interfere with outside activities or play.

The lime will kill all fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, etc. and will dissolve with the melting snow in the spring. As the grass grows back your yard will no longer be a home to mosquito larva therefore the mosquito population around your home will decrease significantly.


Empty buckets, pails, etc…
Still water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. They will lay their eggs in the still or stagnant water. As the water sits the little baby mosquitoes will hatch from their eggs and will surround the area.

One bucket or pail can produce thousands if not more mosquitoes. Empty all pails and buckets and tip them upside down so that they cannot collect water.

The same goes for little pools that do not have filters, or chemicals. Empty them after each use and tip them upside down so that rain water cannot collect in them.


Use bug spray…
When you let your children outside to play there is always a chance that there will be a mosquito or two flying around, even if you’ve used lime and emptied all buckets, pails, and pools.

Have your child stand in front of you and hold their breath. Lightly spray exposed skin areas such as their arms, legs, and the back of their neck with a bug repellent that does not contain DEET.

The reason for asking your children to hold their breath is so that they do not inhale the bug spray. Bug sprays containing DEET are not safe for use on children.


Limit evening outside playtime…
In the early morning hours through the early afternoon there will be few mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t really come out until late afternoon, early evening. Once the sun starts to set have your kids come inside to play.


Get a bug zapper…
When your family is outside in the late afternoon, or in the evening, it’s a good idea to have a bug zapper near by. The mosquitoes will be more attracted to it than they are to you and your children. It will kill them instantly when they fly into it.


Use citronella candles…
Citronella candles will also help to repel mosquitoes. They give off a scent that the mosquitoes just do not like. They will stay away from the area where the citronella candles are burning.