Do you have your Deet Insect Repellent?
The summer fun is just around the corner and you know what that
means: picnics, BBQs, parades, and spending time with family and
friends; all the things that make summer well, summer! Be on the
lookout though, there's a new kid on the block looking to join in
your festivities this year, and he's desperate to make his way into
your circle of friends. Why? Because he wants to snack on you!
Who is this friend you ask? The six-legged blood sucking
kind, that's who!
Recently the Today Show reported a growing concern in Florida
over the budding population of a particular species of mosquito
known as "Gallinippers" that are measuring 20X the size of an
average mosquito. 20 times larger! Can you say OUCH?
According to Today, this type of mosquito is prevalent in the
Mid-Western, Eastern, and Southern states. Why are we
suddenly seeing an increase in this species population? Researchers
say, eggs can lay dormant for years and typically will not hatch
unless disturbed by major changes in weather/climate.
Notably, there have been several major weather events in the past
couple of years that could have caused such a commotion.
As if Mammoth-sized mosquitoes weren't enough, the poor folks in
New Jersey are on the lookout for a "Gang of Asian
Mosquitoes…" According to an NBC news report, the Asian tiger
mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has descended upon the state which
already considers the mosquito to be its "state bird." What sets
this species apart from the others you ask? Not only are they more
elegantly "dressed" in black and white striped body markings that
look like mini-tuxedos (in comparison to their cousins dressed in
drab brown), they are also considerably more aggressive and feed
outside of the normal time constraints that the average blood
sucker adheres to. While most mosquitoes feed primarily at
dusk, the Asian tiger mosquito has been known to feed at varying
times, day or night.
As you may know, mosquitoes are more than just irritating
insects that devour our blood and leave behind itchy red bumps;
they can also potentially transfer diseases such as West Nile
Virus, dengue fever, eastern equine encephalitis, and chikungunya
fever to humans or animals (e.g. horses, cows, etc.).
No matter where or how you spend your time outdoors this summer,
don't go unprepared. Protect yourself from the bites of these
mini-Draculas using a robust insect repellent such as our 10 Hour Insect
Repellent, 1 spray is all you need for up to 10 hours of
protection. And if you can, covering up with long sleeves and pants
will add an additional layer of protection.
And if for some reason you forget your repellent and wind up
with itchy red bumps, we've got you covered! Try Calagel Maximum Strength
Anti-Itch Gel, or Tecnu First Aid
Gel. Both products will calm the itch so you can get back to
living your life outdoors!