With summer, here come the bugs and they are worse and more determined than years past.
Did you know that due to the lack of freezing temperatures this winter, bugs and their eggs, and in large part mosquitoes, that usually get killed in winter freezes simply didn’t. This means for you and me this summer, less time in the backyard and our grilling cut short from a breeding frenzy of pesky mosquitoes.
In 2011, the Center for Disease Control received reports of more than six hundred cases of mosquito born viruses. But rest assured, only 7 percent resulted in death. Not in my mind can I rest. Any percentage of deaths is one too many even though the CDC says to not worry unless you start to get a fever, experience a severe headache and feel swollen glands bothering you. These are indications of an infection and that means time to see your doctor. The most talked about virus transmitted by mosquitoes is West Nile and to protect yourself from this, be sure to follow these protections for your yard:
- Keep trees trimmed.
- Mow you lawn regularly.
- Get rid of and don’t create any stagnant water – West Nile mosquito carriers love this.
- Turnover containers, boxes and equipment.
- Protect children toys and boxes by bringing them inside.
- Treat property with mosquito abatement products around your house.
For yourself, here is a selection of remedies. I haven’t tried all of them myself, but if you are like me, you will do ANYTHING to keep mosquitoes from making you their late night snack:
- Bug spray with DEET – this helps to kill mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and according to a variety of resources, it is the best. I don’t like chemicals any better than any of you, but mosquitoes come to me like I am their dessert so I try anything.
- Build up your supply of bug protective candles.
- Use a lawn spray on your grass.
- If you can, wear dark and layered clothing.
- Rub the pulpy inside surface of a banana peel on the bite. It takes the itch out.
- Wash and rub the bite with soap as soon as you recognize you’ve been bitten.
- Apply an ice pack to the bite.
- Make a past with baking soda and a little water then apply to the bite.
- Lavender and tea tree oils can provide relief.
- Toothpaste has been known to work, too.
- 11.5 strong ionized alkaline water on a compress will take the inflammation down.
- 2.5 strong acidic water can treat the bite as a disinfectant and keeping a bottle of 2.5 at your side if a mosquito has joined you in the house can keep them away for awhile.
- And Asea’s redox signaling molecules will start repairing the traumatized cells immediately when sprayed on the bite.
And remember, the worst time of day for mosquito aggravation is dusk and dawn.
Do your research and look for non-toxic remedies and good luck.
Credit goes to: Dr. Mahmet Oz and allmosquitos.com for contributing to this article.
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