dreamstime_xxl_41432351Mosquito bites aren’t just itchy inconveniences, they can actually make you sick. West Nile Virus, which doesn’t get the attention that it should anymore, is a big problem here in Colorado, and it is especially concerning this summer since weather conditions have created the perfect storm for a robust mosquito population. Although the majority of people that get infected with West Nile will experience few symptoms, if any at all, in some cases the symptoms can be serious or even deadly. That is why Kirk’s Mountain Adventures has come up with this list of tips on how to avoid mosquito bites during your guided hiking trip in Estes Park:

  • Use insect repellent- This one is a no-brainer, but it still needs to be said. You should never go outside during the summer without mosquito repellent on. 
  • Avoid being outdoors around dusk or dawn- The mornings and evenings are the best time for mosquito activity, so when you go outside to play, do it in the middle of the day.
  • Cover your skin- The less your skin is exposed, the less likely you are to be bitten. Wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts will go along way to preventing mosquito bites.
  • Use lemon and eucalyptus- If you are looking for a more natural way to prevent mosquito without the use of DEET and strong chemicals, then a mixture of lemon and eucalyptus is your best bet.

It is important to note that you should always consult a physician before you apply either commercial or homemade mosquito repellent on young children, as the ingredients in both can irritate their skin.