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4th of July has come and gone. We spent the whole day outside and had a blast. No fighting between the kids and family. Everyone got a long with everyone..except with the mosquitos. They were out and everywhere. Last year my kids got attacked pretty good and when they get bitten they welt up. Not only did they look horrible but they were miserable. I needed to come up with a game plan for this year. So, I did some researched about Mosquitoand found some useful facts about them.
Did you know???
Mosquitos kill over one million people per year world-wide. Of 207 million cases of Malaria in 2012, there have been 627,000 deaths from Malaria, alone. In fact, mosquitoes have killed more people than all the wars in all of history. Other diseases include St Louis encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and the deadly Yellow Fever. Mosquitoes containing the malarial parasite have been found in amber fossils as old as 30 million years.
There are so many more interesting facts about mosquitoes, but that shocked me the most. It’s so hard to believe that little tiny annoy pesky bug can kill OVER one million people a year. I wanted to be prepared this year and have found some useful tips and products that help protect from mosquitoes. In order to do this I made a kit.
What’s in the kit?
- Spray on Repellent with or without DEET: Repellents containing 30% to 50% DEET are the most popular type of repellents, and are recommended for adults and children over 2 months of age and are effective for several hours. Repellents with lower amounts of DEET offer shorter-term protection and must be applied more often.
- Dryer Sheets: My grandpa had always told me to keep a dryer sheet in your pocket and it would help keep mosquitoes away. I have to admit I personally haven’t tried it, but it’s worth a shot. They aren’t that expensive, and they will keep your pockets smelling good.
- Citronella Oil: There are tons of citronella oil products that you can use. The best part is Mosquitoes don’t like to go near citronella oil.
- Dish Soap & Water: If you’re having an outdoor meal, you can keep mosquitoes away by placing a dish of water with some dish soap in a discreet place nearby. The mosquitos will be attracted to the water source, and they’ll get trapped in the soap bubbles and drown.
- Electronic Repeal Device: There are two kinds. You can have a device that you can hook on your belt or key chain. That sends out a high pitch sound repealing them away. (Works best for kids!!) Or you can use a trapping system. Mosquitoes can be effectively killed using a dedicated machine that employs heat and carbon dioxide to attract the mosquitoes and then entrap or kill them using nets, containers or chemicals. While these mosquito trapping systems can be expensive, they’re quite effective, and worth looking into if you’re committed to keeping your yard mosquito-free.
This kit worked perfect!! Only two children had gotten bitten and it was only one or two bites. One child had none!! I count that a huge success from last year. (Considering their arms and legs were covered.) I will say if your child does get bitten by these pesky bugs that you should look into using Chiggerex Plus. It’s a medicated ointment that works wonders on my kids! Plus side it’s not that expensive either.
What tip do you have for keeping away Mosquitoes?