Protect Yourself During Mosquito and Tick Season
As the temperatures are warming up, do you hear the outdoors calling? Time to dust off your camping gear, buy some new hiking shoes, and head to the mountains, the ocean, the lake, the meadow, the river, the forest… you name it. It’s time to be there.
But as you’re gearing up to enjoy the outdoors, so are some unseen and often-unnoticed dangerous bugs. And they’re looking forward to your visit to their home.
Yes, we’re talking about mosquitoes and ticks. It IS mosquito and tick season, after all. If it seems no outdoor event is complete without a few mosquito bites, we challenge you to change your perspective. Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, like malaria, West Nile virus, and the frightening Zika virus.
Ticks do their fair share of damage too. Once they bite you, they stay attached to you for days or weeks, feeding on your blood. While many tick bites are harmless, they can, and do, cause allergic reactions in many people. In addition, they can transfer dangerous diseases like Lyme disease.
But it’s impractical and silly to avoid your favorite outdoor activities. Instead, learn how to protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites. Take back the outdoors, and enjoy your summer without worry.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites This Mosquito Season
Learning about the habits of mosquitoes this season will help you to take measures to avoid them.
- Most breeds of mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, so it’s best to schedule your outdoor activities outside of those hours.
- Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so remove all standing water from your property — check less-obvious places like downspouts, toys scattered on the lawn, and areas of your grass that aren’t level.
- Avoid marshy areas.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home by repairing holes in your screens and cracks in your foundation.
- Always use a safe repellent when you’re spending time outdoors.
How to Avoid Tick Bites This Season
Ticks live in moist, humid environments. Think: wooded and grassy areas. But they can also be in the shrubbery of your yard. Take these precautions to avoid tick bites this season:
- Walk in the center of a trail when you’re hiking.
- Wear protective clothing when you’re going to be outdoors
- Use a strong and safe repellent.
- Shower when coming in from outdoors.
- Always check your clothing and body for ticks after spending time outdoors.
Why DEET Isn’t the Best Option During Mosquito and Tick Season
Most people reach for a product with DEET when they want to protect themselves from ticks and mosquitoes. And while DEET has been proven to be effective, there are, unfortunately, some serious risks. Studies have found that excessive use of the product can lead to seizures, slow heart beat, nausea, rashes, vomiting, brain swelling, lethargy, and anaphylaxis. Chronic exposure has contributed to insomnia, mood disturbances, muscle cramps, and rashes. A possible link to cancer has even been found.
It’s safer to not risk it. There are other products on the market that don’t use DEET, but not all of them are as effective as DEET. However, Deter Natural Insect Repellent is an all-natural alternative to DEET that has been scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas, and gnats for more than six hours. This 100% safe alternative even smells good. Protect yourself and your family with Deter Natural Insect Repellent this mosquito and tick season.