Why Should I Worry About Mosquitoes?

By Lisa  |  Wednesday, September 5, 2012  |  , ,  |  Leave comment

You may have heard recently in the news that West Nile Virus has officially hit every one of the contiguous United States. All 48 states have reported cases of West Nile virus in animals and 43 states have had at least one human case. The virus is being spread by mosquitoes, which transmit it by biting infected birds and then humans.

Using insect repellent may help prevent the spread of West Nile Virus by mosquitoesThe best way to protect yourself from mosquito-transferred viruses like this is to reduce your exposure to mosquitoes. There are simple steps you can take such as:

  • Mosquitoes love moisture so reduce the amount of standing water on your property. At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
  • Make sure your gutters are working properly and water isn't standing in them. Check rain gutters to make sure they are not clogged and clean them out.
  • Remove discarded items, such as tires, that could collect water. Check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under your home or in the bushes.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are spending time outdoors, weather permitting.
  • When you are outdoors with infants, place mosquito netting over strollers or carriers.
  • Mosquitoes are most abundant at dawn, dusk, and in the early evenings so try to stay indoors during those times.
  • Repair any missing or broken window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get inside your home.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Be sure to follow all directions on the insect repellent bottle and pay attention to safety precautions.

There are a lot of options for insect repellents on the market today, but the most effective repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET was originally invented in 1946 by the U.S. Army and has been tested to be effective against a variety of biting insects.

Insect repellents may vary by their percentage of DEET. The more DEET a repellent contains the longer time it can protect you from mosquito bites. A higher percentage of DEET in a repellent does not mean that your protection is better, just that it lasts longer. Designed for workers who are exposed to insects all day long, our 10 Hour Insect Repellent can give up to 10 hours of protection because it contains 100% DEET.

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