We know that our outdoor blinds are a terrific product and provide lots of benefits, but we didn’t know they could be a life-saver!
The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel says that while we all love the warmer weather, so does the mosquito. And while most of us think of the mosquito as an annoying pest, the fact is that they can transmit some serious diseases.
For example, in Australia, some of the diseases we can catch from a mosquito bite include Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue virus. These and other viruses carried by the mosquito can lead to illness and in severe cases death. And some of these illnesses aren’t just confined to the tropics.
Beat the mosquito
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes:
- Reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by removing standing water or replacing it (bird baths, pet water bowls, etc.) at least once a week. Also, ensure any water tanks or water collection devices are sealed.
- Ensure fly-screens on windows and doors are well maintained and don’t have any holes to allow mosquitoes to enter.
- Use a non-allergic insect spray. If you do have open doors – a common trend in indoor / outdoor living, an automatic dispenser may be a good investment.
- Fans can also help reduce mosquitoes, so use a portable fan or ceiling fan during the warmer weather.
- Cover exposed skin with insect repellent.
Protect your outdoor living area with outdoor blinds
Many of the above tips will also help you stay safe and bite-free while enjoying time in your outdoor area. But there is one other item you should seriously consider.
Just as we use fly-screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes entering our home, you can use outdoor blinds to help prevent them from entering your outdoor living area. Today’s sophisticated, clever, easy to use outdoor blinds not only look great, they do a great job of keeping pests out. Plus they’ll help keep your outdoor living area cooler in warm weather, warmer in the cool weather and keep winds out.
For more information, see the Better Health website and take a look at Outside Concepts outdoor blinds page.
Source: Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel
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