Mosquitoes are regarded as the deadliest animals on the planet and responsible for the largest numbers of human deaths. Just a few of the disease’s mosquitoes can spread include:
- Zika Virus. First found in Africa in the 1940s, this virus has spread to South and Central America.
- Malaria. Perhaps one of the most commonly known mosquito-borne diseases.
- Yellow Fever. Yellow fever affects approximately 200,000 people per year.
- West Nile Virus. Most people who get West Nile virus don’t have any symptoms yet for some, it has proven deadly.
- Encephalitis. Mosquitoes can pass on viruses that cause inflammation around your brain and spinal cord and can lead to death or lifelong disabilities.
- Chikungunya Virus. Found mostly in the Caribbean and South America and is now spreading to the United States.
Even if these viruses are not worry enough most people are highly allergic to bug bites breaking out in welts, swelling, and itching. It is best to avoid bug bites from the start but don’t use poison.
DEET had been the go to since 1957 and is a major ingredient in most insect repellants, it’s been effective. Unfortunately, continued exposure to DEET, may lead to serious side effects, especially in children. These side effects may include; difficulty in breathing, tremors, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, weakness, headache and even memory loss. To make it worse, these symptoms may not be noticeable until several months or years after exposure.
Here are a few tips on keeping those bug bites to a minimum.
- Wear light or neutral colored clothing and avoid brightly colored clothes or floral prints that might make you look like a sweet treat.
- Don’t wear scents or perfumed products including deodorants and hair products that attract bugs.
- Wear long pants, socks, and boots and tuck your pants into your socks especially in the early morning and evening hours or in wooded areas.
- If stung by a bee, leave the area because bees release pheromones that attract other bees to the area after they have bitten someone.
- Check for ticks and chigger bites after you’ve been outside.
- Use natural bug repellents made from pure essential oils. Bugs don’t care for scents such as catnip, geranium, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, or peppermint.
- “CDC lists oil of lemon eucalyptus as comparable to DEET for mosquitoes” June 2018
If you would like to give all-natural bug spray a try, Mid-Michigan Soaps makes a product that really works.
No synthetic or toxic chemicals, unlike other products. This spray is expected to provide up to 6 hours of protection. It has a fresh, light citrus smell. Will not repel family and friends and can be used safely by everyone in the family, including dogs.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, and Essential Oils; Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, Cedarwood, Catnip, Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute.
· Apply to the legs, arms, and neck before going outdoors.
· Take on camping trips or outdoor events.
· Spray around your door, window seals, and tent.