Protect yourself against Zika Virus with natural repellent ideas
Zika Virus has been a hot topic in the news lately because of the serious health issues that can result after a mosquito bite, like Microcephaly and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In February, the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency of international concern. Currently, there isn’t any known cure or prevention method specifically for the Aedes mosquito, which often carries the Zika virus. However, you can still protect yourself without using harsh chemicals on your skin.
Use your garden as a backup prevention method!
Many plants have the capabilities to naturally repel mosquitoes. When people use candles to ward off the mosquitoes, this works because the candles are infused with Citronella. In addition, you could also choose from Lemon Balm, Catnip, Marigolds, Lavender, Peppermint, Garlic, Rosemary, Geranium, and Pennyroyal. You can also spray your yard on a monthly basis with mixture of bacillus thuringiensis (BT) and neem oil. If you happen to have a pond or standing water, the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, you can even put BT in the pond or fountain.
Use Essential Oils to help protect your family, yourself, and even your pets!
You can apply any of these essential oils to your skin to help boost your protection. Basil, Catnip, Clove, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Myrrh, Neem, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Pine, and Rosemary are all great options. Neem oil is gentle enough that you can apply it onto your own skin to help repel mosquitos, as well as other insects that may find their way to you. Neem oil can mixed with your pet’s shampoo to help fight against mosquitos, as well as ticks and fleas. Keep in mind that when you’re using herbal repellents, they don’t last as long as the more common chemical based products. When you first apply your repellent, you will notice that bugs won’t land on you, however as time passes and you start to notice that they are landing on you, but not biting, then it is time to apply more. Diligence is the key.
Wear/Use colors that don’t attract Mosquitos!
It is suggested that mosquitoes don’t seem very attracted to darker clothes. Instead of grabbing that bright yellow spring dress, maybe look for one that is more neutral or darker in color. You can even place yellow or orange light bulbs in all of your outdoor light fixtures. Flying insects, including mosquitos, aren’t drawn to the slightly darker light, like they are to the traditional white lights.
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