Bug Off!

In the great outdoors there are creepy crawly bugs that see us as a walking delicacy. More than just an itchy pain, bites from mosquitoes can carry the danger of Zika, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Ticks are another pest that view humans as a menu item to sting and suck. When looking to repel bugs there are simple protective measures, from chemical repellents, natural remedies, and simple steps to consider.

DEET. Experts say it’s tough to beat the effectiveness of DEET when used as directed on the product label.

Essential oils. Plant-derived oils such as lemongrass oil and lemon eucalyptus are pretty impressive to deter bug bites. Rosemary oil, cedarwood oil and citronella also repel bugs.

Remove standing water. Once a week, rinse out empty planters, birdbaths, vases and flowerpot saucers, or any standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

Wear protective clothing. If hiking, lightweight long pants and shirts are great for preventing ticks from getting on your skin.

“Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?”   Unknown

Visit https://bit.ly/2TtGssq to download a pdf about Protecting Yourself From Ticks and Mosquitoes.