Two weeks ago I wrote about the burgeoning problem of escalating mosquito levels. They are soon to be higher than ever before because our winter was warmer and our spring has come sooner. Mosquitoes, to be kept under control, need winter to freeze them out. The reality of global warming is showing us what we are in for. Its signs of happening are greater this year than ever before. New York City had but one snow and it was light. London experienced the opposite. Weather is shifting. Extremes are occurring. Bugs are showing up in ways we never imagined.
In the article two weeks ago, I gave some remedies to keep mosquitoes hopefully away from you and under control. And if you are like me, mosquitoes do not want to leave me alone. They come at me with a vengeance and often leave a friend sitting nearby without even the tiniest of bites.
I put DEET on my first list for two major reasons. It KILLS the mosquitoes when they land on you and it is the only compound that I know of that is totally reliable in this way. It goes against my grain to recommend anything chemical and most certainly carcinogenic, but if you are in dire circumstances like I have been, DEET can definitely take the mosquitoes out.
Like I said, I’m one of those people with a biology that screams to mosquitoes, “Hey, I’m over here, Dude! Come and have your dinner!” I am a natural pest control for anyone sitting near me. On a trip to south Texas several years ago, the mosquito infestation was so severe they flew in swarms. I came away from that trip literally eaten up and carrying three empty DEET bug spray cans used up in two and a half days. I couldn’t walk from the hotel room to the lobby without getting dozens of bites. The DEET spray helped for a mere two hours at a stretch. Needless to say, it was a miserable three days.
To help us out, one reader sent in some suggestions he has used and found beneficial or that he researched for the future. I did some follow-up and found the recommendations to be sound. However, please don’t take my word alone. Do your own investigation and make the best decisions for you and your family. Most of this list can be found at Amazon. The Badger Spray has its own website. You also might find it at your local health food store.
• If you are barbequing, burning citronella candles. They seem to produce effective and good results.
• Badger Anti-Bug Spray is 100% Natural Certified Organic. Its label says, “Eco Friendly for Kids,” repels naturally, lab tested to repel mosquitoes and stable flies. It is free of synthetic chemicals, DEET and petroleum products and smells of citronella, rosemary and wintergreen essential oils.
• ThermaCELL is a Cordless Portable Mosquito Repellant Appliance. The grade on this one is still out, but sounds like it is worth a try.
• Mosquito Bits can be spread around plants and are supposed to work in water gardens, bird baths and flower pots. According to the label, it kills larvae and protects against West Nile Virus, Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue Fever and other infectious conditions. This product is poisonous so keep it away from food and children for sure.
• Dr. T’s Mosquito Repelling Granules is safe for children and pets. It is made from natural oils and contains no poisons. Spread it around on the grass, patios and wherever animals or children play according to the label.
Recommendations I wrote about before are listed once again with a new addition about old tires.
1. Keep trees trimmed.
2. Mow you lawn regularly.
3. Get rid of and don’t create any stagnant water – West Nile mosquito carriers love this.
4. Turnover containers, boxes and equipment.
5. Protect children toys and boxes by bringing them inside.
6. Treat property with mosquito abatement products around your house.
7. Promptly remove any old tires from your property. The Asian Tiger Mosquito is particularly attracted to them for breeding. This is a new addition to the list.
Here is a selection of personal remedies:
1. 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. Spray your clothes and minimize what goes on your skin.
2. Build up your supply of bug protective candles.
3. Use a lawn spray on your grass.
4. If you can, wear dark and layered clothing.
5. Rub the pulpy inside surface of a banana peel on the bite. It takes the itch out.
6. Wash and rub the bite with soap as soon as you recognize you’ve been bitten.
7. Apply an ice pack to the bite.
8. Make a past with baking soda and a little water then apply to the bite.
9. Lavender and tea tree oils can provide relief.
10. Toothpaste has been known to work, too.
11. 11.5 strong ionized alkaline water on a compress will take the inflammation down.
12. 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.
13. And Asea’s redox signaling molecules will start repairing the traumatized cells immediately when sprayed on the bite.
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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