Spring is here!
It’s spring! And spring showers have brought May flowers…. and they’ve also brought biting insects. Mosquitos. Ugh. Just when the kids and I want to get outdoors playing, gardening, camping, etc., I hear the buzzing of these pests. Not only are they a nuisance, but we now have heightened concern over the Zika virus, a mosquito borne illness, of which the full effect on infected humans has yet to be determined. Take heart, there are some steps to protect yourself from these buggers.
The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) recommends the “Three Ds” of protection:
• Drain – Mosquitos require water in which to breed, so carefully drain any and all sources of standing water around your house and yard, including pet bowls, gutters, garbage and recycling bins, spare tires, bird baths, etc.
• Dress – Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing—studies have shown that mosquitos are attracted to dark clothing and can bite through tight clothing of a tight weave
• Defend – use insect repellents.
Deet has proven to be a safe and effective repellent in the right concentration, and there have certainly been times when I have resorted to using it. However, I would rather use a more natural product….something that will keep me and my family safe without synthetic chemicals on our skin.
Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in the seeds, stem, flowers, and sometimes rinds of plants. Often called the “life blood” of the plant, they help protect from predators, illness, and also aid in its general health and reproduction process. And in the right combination they are effective in repelling mosquitos.
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