It’s not Central Florida if you aren’t swatting at mosquitos and sometimes getting those itchy, blotchy bites in excess. For outside workers, from temporary to full-time, mosquitos can be especially annoying working in the hot Florida climate.
However, it is important to be protected against these insect pests, especially with the recent Zika outbreak, and KB Staffing wants to make sure you get the information you need to protect yourself and your fellow employees while working outside.
- Wear Insect Repellent. It may not be the sweetest-smelling odor, but wear insect repellent when outdoors. Repellents with the active ingredients of DEET, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (para-menthane-diol), Picardin (KBR 3023, Bayrepel and/or icaridin) and IR3535 are the best options. Make sure to re-apply when necessary, such as when you start to sweat.
- Wear Long-Sleeved Shirts, Pants and Closed-Toe Shoes. Wearing long sleeves, pants and covered shoes will lessen the exposure of bare skin for mosquitos. Consider treating your clothes with permethrin, or buy permethrin-treated clothing.
- Remove Standing Water. Mosquitos breed near standing, stagnant water, so make sure to remove any waters after rainstorms or in general from your jobsite to prevent eggs from hatching.
- Take Breaks Indoors. If possible, find places that have air conditioning to cool off for a moment and to avoid mosquitos, as warm temperatures make them most active.
- Wear Sunscreen and Repellent. When working outdoors, you probably will apply sunscreen on to protect your skin from sun exposure. Apply sunscreen first to your skin and then apply insect repellent to help prevent sunburn and mosquito bites.
Now you are ready to work outdoors and be protected from those pesky mosquitos. Visit KB Staffing’s office in Winter Haven to get expert staffing options and learn of jobs in Polk County. Contact us here, or call us at (863) 875-5721.
-Information courtesy of CDC website.