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What's The Best Way to Prevent Mosquito Bites?

What over-the-counter product do you use to keep mosquitoes off the kids and yourself?

has hit the news and sent shivers around Long Island.

Nassau County Health Officials reported a case in the Town of Oyster Bay (They won't be more specific) and say a was hospitalized with the mosquito-borne illness and is recovering. Port Washington hasn't had a reported human case but, last year, at least one Nassau County death was attributed to the disease.

The as well, this week, saying cases nationally are rising dramatically.

For the time being, we could use a little help: What home remedies and over-the-counter products would you recommend to our readers to keep the bugs from biting?

Is there one that has been effective for you and your family?

Is there a home remedy, something that has worked for your family for generations?

Please tell us your ideas and offer some recommendations in the comments. Lots of people are asking what to do.

Adina Genn August 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Jesse, do you find that's effective?
Ken Nowicki August 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think the County or TONH ought to start putting bat houses everywhere they can. The bats that reside in Long Island are capable of eating billions of these darn mosquitos and I feel would really help the situation immensely. I took a workshop several years ago at the Hoffman Center where we saw a whole presentation on bats (I believe it may have been sponsored by the Audubon Society?) and at the end of the workshop we all made bat houses to take home. I haven't put mine up yet because I'm still trying to find the best location in my yard. The houses need about 8 hours of sun each day (to stay warm enough to keep the bats warm at night) and they need to be at least 10 feet off the ground. My yard is pretty shady so I'm finding it difficult to find a spot. Would love to get a colony to "move in" though once I get the house up.
George Mulligan August 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Just hope you don't get bats in your own house. My daughter had this problem and it cost about $1200.00 to get them out. Nothing like waking at 2:00AM and finding a bat flying around your bedroom.
Sean Hassett August 24, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I'd be less worried about a bat in my bedroom than a mosquito. My concern would be to get the bat out unharmed.
George Mulligan August 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Sean, the bat was captured and had to be tested for rabies. Fortunately it was not infected. They had a second bat flying inside the house a few weeks later that also tested negative. The house is now bat free. Bats in the yard are not a problem, but I wouldn't want them nesting in my house, attic, etc.

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