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How to make yourself mosquito proof

Let’s try to make you and your surroundings mosquito proof!

There has been an over abundance of seasonal rain and we should expect that the end is not yet in sight. Standing water brings mosquitoes and you need to be aware that they will be sharing the great outdoors with you this spring and summer. This blog will be covering natural and chemical prevention, what to eat to deter mosquitoes, how to treat a bite and what to look out for with regards to viruses.

 Eliminating standing water
 Adding peppermint, citronella & lemongrass oils with some unscented lotion on your skin
 Planting lavender, marigolds, rosemary & eucalyptus in your garden
 Avoid wearing fruity or floral fragrances
 Using products with DEET

NATURAL PREVENTION

• Eliminate standing water
• Use a fan to shoo them away – as they are terrible flyers
• Lemon Eucalyptus – which is a natural ingredient in mosquito repellents
• Create a lotion with Peppermint, Catnip, Citronella or Lemongrass Oils added to an unscented lotion
• IR3535 a DEET alternative; the IR3535 molecule was inspired by a naturally occurring amino acids inspired by a naturally occurring amino acid
• A garden planted with any of these: Lavender, Marigolds, Rosemary or Eucalyptus

CHEMICAL PREVENTION

• DEET (Tecnu Repellent or Bug-X)
• Picaridin Oil

EAT SOME OF THESE ITEMS TO AVOID THE BITE

• Garlic and Onions
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• Lemongrass
• Chili Peppers
• Tomatoes
• Grapefruit
• Beans & Lentils
• Vitamin B1
• Lemon Juice

WHAT DO MOSQUITOES LIKE?

• Dark clothing. Mosquitoes use vision to locate hosts from a distance. Dark clothes and foliage are initial attractants. Bugs see dark objects more easily than light objects.
• Lactic acid. If you had just exercised, or if you are eating salty, high-potassium foods, you are releasing lactic acid.
• Carbon dioxide. If you are hot or had been exercising, you release more carbon dioxide. Also candles or fires emit carbon dioxide.
• Floral or fruity fragrances. Perfumes, hair products, scented sunscreens… even fabric softeners.
• Blood type “O”. There has been evidence linking blood type “O” to attract mosquitoes more than types “A” or “B”.

TREATING A BITE

• Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion
• Use a cold compress or ice pack
• Take an antihistamine like our Loratadine non-drowsy Allergy Relief
• Apply Sting-Kill that ‘Kills the pain and stops the itch’
• Try not to scratch the bite

VIRUSES ASSOCIATED WITH MOSQUITOES

West Nile Virus – Most people who are infected have no symptoms or may experience mild illness, such as a fever,  headache or flu-like symptoms. One can tend to feel worn out for several months. A few people can develop a serious infection that causes brain swelling or meningitis. As some people have died from this, if you feel you may have Nile Virus, go seek a physician’s care.
Zika Virus – Those infected will only experience mild symptoms like fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis and muscle pain. The symptoms can last up to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and very rarely, can die of Zika. Many don’t realize that they have been infected. Ask for a blood test within the first week of these symptoms.

The bottom line is to be pro-active in protecting yourself from a mosquito bite. I hope that by reading this blog you have learned several ways to repel mosquitoes and stay safe. FIGHT THE BITE!

Did you know?
Full moons = more mosquitoes.
One study finds that mosquito activity increases by a whopping 500% in a full moon.
Spooky.
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