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  • Mosquitoes Kill

    Mosquitoes are responsible for more deaths than any other creature on the planet.

    This comes to mind at present because of the current Zika Scare, but it has been a known fact for a long time.

    Mosquitoes are harbingers of death - they carry West Nile VirusDengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, La Crosse Encephalitis, and many other gnarly diseases.

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    More reading: World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO BITES?

    It is almost inevitable that when in the outdoors, insects will be present. While they may not be harmful, an insect bite can be irritating and bothersome. Our Insect Repellents are effective in keeping the bugs away while our Sting Relief Pads soothe itching associated with bites that you couldn't prevent. These are great to have available in first aid kits, or packed up in your camping supplies.

  • Zika Scare

    There's a lot of hype around the Zika Virus, and just like when everyone was panicking over Ebola last year, there'a a lot of media exaggeration, social rumor, and misinformation out there.

    What is Zika? Zika virus disease exhibits symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

    Is it dangerous? Yes. Primarily in that it causes serious risk to unborn children, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

    How do you avoid Zika Virus? Both the CDC and WHO recommend EPA approved insect repellents to repel mosquitoes as they are the main carrier of the disease.

    Other point for Zika prevention from the CDC:

    • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
    • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
    • insectrepellents-animatedUse Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
      • Always follow the product label instructions
      • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
      • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
    • If you have a baby or child:
      • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
      • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or
      • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
      • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
    • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
      • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
      • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

     Interesting related readingWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsChoose Your Cover,

  • HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO BITES?

    According to the CDC, mosquito-borne illnesses are a serious threat - especially in these humid Summer to Autumn transitional days.

    1. Use insect repellent: When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are safe for even children and pregnant women. All the EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
      • DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
      • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
      • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Products containing OLE include Repel .
      • IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.
    1. Treat clothing and gear: Treat items such as boots, pants, socks, and tents with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
      • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to find out how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
      • Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.
    1. Mosquito-proof your home: Take steps to avoid having mosquitoes enter your home.
      • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
      • Use air conditioning when available.
      • Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in and near standing water around your home.
        • Once a week, empty, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers both inside and outside your home.
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  • The Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer Reports

    According to the CDC, Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products are your best defense against West Nile

    In a recent article entitled “Best Way to Stop Bug Bites”, Consumer Reports once again recommends Natrapel 8 hour, and references their 2010 study which found Natrapel to be the only non-Deet repellent to receive their recommendation. This is another phenomenal endorsement from a trusted consumer resource. Check out the full article here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/05/best-way-to-stop-bug-bites/index.htm

     

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  • What is DEET? Is it Safe?

    Is DEET bad? No - it's actually a very effective insect repellent (also spelled insect repellant accurately, in  case you were wondering) and the environmental impact and safety concerns are mostly urban legend and FAR outweighed by the efficacy and heath benefits (you don't want Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus, do you?)

    Environmental Working Group’s science review concluded that although DEET certainly isn’t perfect, its safety profile is actually better than a lot of people think. Given that DEET is highly effective, reasonably safe and has been used billions of times, we concluded that it’s a reasonable choice when you need a repellent that really works.

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    Why Use Repellents? ( Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products )

    Bites from mosquitoes and other insects, as well as ticks (which officially are arthropods, not insects), are more than just annoying. They can lead to lasting health issues and can even result in death. Through proper use of DEET-based repellents, you and your loved ones can enjoy outdoor activities more comfortably. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll help reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease, West Nile virus and a host of other serious illnesses spread by these pests.

    West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is less common than Lyme disease but can be significantly more dangerous.

    Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can be annoying. But, being bothersome is a minor issue when compared to the serious diseases they can transmit. Here in the United States, the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, spread by the deer tick.

    For more on insects, visit www.aboutbugs.com.

    West Nile Virus Cases Reported by the CDC

    WNV Neurological Disease

    WNV Fever

    WNV Fatalities

    11,053

    15820

    1083

    Many WN fever and other cases are unreported

    West Nile Virus (WNV) is found through out the continental United States and in all Canadian Provinces. The most serious form of the disease is neurological and results in encephalitis and meningitis, both infections that cause serious, sometimes deadly, brain inflammation. Survivors often have lingering symptoms including paralysis, blindness, and memory problems. WNV fever is less serious, but its victims can be sick for many months before recovering. The CDC reports that those with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk than the general population for contracting the more serious forms of WNV. Those older than 50 are also at greater risk, but the disease can afflict individuals of all ages and in 2007 victims ranged in age from 3 months to 90 years of age.

    DEET
    • N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated DEET, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents.
    • Formula: C12H17NO
    • IUPAC ID: N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide
    • Melting point: -49°F (-45°C)
    • Boiling point: 550.4°F (288°C)
    • Molar mass: 191.27 g/mol
    • Density: 998.00 kg/m³
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  • The world's deadliest animal

    The mosquito is the world's deadliest animal, and CDC is fighting mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.

    Pictured here is a female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a  human. This species is a vector of malaria, predominantly  in Central America. Pictured here
    is a female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a
    human. This species is a vector of malaria, predominantly
    in Central America.

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