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Post by SheilaH » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:43 am

Mosquitoes are pesky critters ranking up there with the dreaded rodents referring to disease carriers. Local officials try their best to battle and control these "winged terrorists" yearly. We humans spray ourselves to oblivion with DEET debating which is worse...DEET with its' chemicals or the possibility of becoming gravely ill from their bite. I would be remiss NOT to mention the welting/itching reaction ensuing also. Just like the roaches, these insects would probably survive a nuclear explosion in my opinion. And so the war continues, we win a "few" small battles but THEY clearly are winning the WAR!
*listed later are strategies for battle

Here's a few of the viruses transmitted by these "winged terrorists": West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, dengue and yellow fever. ZIKA and Chikungunya were added recently to the list in the United States. Malaria even rears its' ugly head sporadically in the US also, but fortunately it is very treatable with medications. Mosquitoes transmit life threatening and sometimes DEADLY viruses.

A few simple ways to prevent mosquito bites:
1. Dump out any standing water near your home.
2. Keep mosquitoes outside. Use screens or close windows and doors
3. Use mosquito repellent. The most effective chemical repellents contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, which are all considered safe when used as directed. Lower DEET concentrations are recommended for young children. Eucalyptus is also contained in some natural repellents but should also be lowered with kids. Worthy to mention are Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume which effectively reduced mosquito bites for two hours — even more so than some mosquito repellents and Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil — a popular mom’s remedy.
4. Wear light-colored clothing, especially outdoors.
5. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn.
6. Make yourself less appealing
- Did you know drinking 12 oz of beer may make you more prone to skeeters?
- Were you aware that having more bacteria on your skin — which leads to more body odor = BITE?
TAKE A SHOWER OR BATH! Skeeters like smelly people more :?

***People with Type O blood get bitten more?

Let's NOT FORGET OUR FOUR LEGGED BUDDIES TOO! Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes! Our precious dogs and cats may become victims as well. Visit your vet...prevention is key. ... ket-newtab
Sheila :D

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