West Nile Virus

  • 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.

  • 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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  • West Nile Virus

    Worried about WNV (West Nile Virus)?

    It's a serous concern, but there's a lot you can do to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

    According to the CDC, West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

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    Prevention & Control

    The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.

    Avoid Mosquito Bites

    • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
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    More information about insect repellents can be found here.

    • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
    • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

    Mosquito-Proof Your Home

    • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
    • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

    Help Your Community West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Programs

    • Support your local community mosquito control programs. Mosquito control activities are most often handled at the local level, such as through county or city government. The type of mosquito control methods used by a program depends on the time of year, the type of mosquitoes to be controlled, and the habitat structure. Methods can include elimination of mosquito larval habitats, application of insecticides to kill mosquito larvae, or spraying insecticides from trucks or aircraft to kill adult mosquitoes. Your local mosquito control program can provide information about the type of products being used in your area. Check with your local health department for more information. Contact information may be found in the blue (government) pages of the phone book.
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    More information about mosquito control can be found here.

    Resources for vector control professionals are located here.

    • Report dead birds to local authorities. Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus. State and local agencies have different policies for collecting and testing birds, so check with your state health department to find information about reporting dead birds in your area.

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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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    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent!
    Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more. See Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products

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