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Guest Report - Repelling Mosquitoes

As we swing into summer, many of us will be swatting at what some call "Wisconsin's State Bird" -- the mosquito. Aside from swollen welts and a nasty itch, mosquito bites cause health concerns such as West Nile virus, malaria and encephalitis. Find the right protection for you and your family to keep you happy and comfortable all summer long. Products that contain the chemical DEET or picaridin are often effective in keeping these pesky insects away, but questions have been raised regarding the safety of these products. According to the EPA, these products are safe for adults and children when used according to label instructions.

If you are looking for a natural alternative to bug sprays, consider essential oils or plants to repel mosquitoes. Lemon-eucalyptus oil and citronella have proven effective, but only for short periods of time. Adding certain plants to your yard may also be beneficial. Plants such as catnip, marigold and bee balm can keep mosquitoes away as well as other garden pests due to their distinct aromas. Research from Iowa State University reports catnip is ten times more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET. However, if you are not a "cat person" this repellent is probably not your wisest choice.

Other common sense tips include covering exposed skin and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more prone to biting. Eliminating standing water or low areas of moisture is also important to reduce breeding grounds for more insects. Lay out a defensive plan for avoiding mosquitoes this summer so that you and your family can enjoy being active outdoors.

Coaching you to "Feel Better and Live Longer!"

Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC


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