Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stocking up to combat mosquito season

With the weather getting wet and warmer, mosquitos will soon be out in force. But this season you have a little more to worry about when dealing with these bloodsucking insects — the Zika virus. While Florida has had numerous cases of Zika fever reported, all have been travel related. Only about one in five people infected with Zika virus show symptoms such as a low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain or vomiting. But officials in South American believe the virus may be related to birth defects. Still Florida has several mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus disease, Eastern equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis. So if you are going to live, work and play outside, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. You can also use insect repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol and IR3535. Here are some other products that will keep you safe and healthy during the spring and summer months:


Sawyer Permethrin 24 ounce spray, treats four complete sets (socks, long pants, long sleeve shirt) of garments, $16.99. Picaridin 4 ounce lotion, won't harm gear, $9.99.


Sawyer Maxi Deet $8.95, Ben's 30 Deet (30 percent Deet) $5.99; Sawyer Insect Repellent with Sunblock $8.99; Ben's 100 Deet $9.99.


Coghlan's Mosquito coil and coil holder, coils are $1.98 each and holders are $4.95.


Thermacell unit that saturates air to create 15 foot by 15 foot insect-free bubble. This portable unit is $29.99 and comes with butane cartridge (12 hours run time) with three repellent pads (four hours each). Refills of pads are $7.49.


Thermacell lantern, good for patios, lanais, $34.95.


ExOfficio Damselfly Shirt with Insect Shield $79.99, lightweight, permethrin applied to the fabric of the garment to repel mosquitos, ticks, chiggers, no-see-ums. ExOfficio Bugsaway Breezer shirt with Insect Shield $85.00.


(Clockwise from top right) Thermacell lantern, Coghlan's mosquito coils and holder, Thermacell portable unit, Sawyer Maxi Deet, Sawyer Insect repellent with Sunblock, Sawyer Picaridin insect lotion, Sawyer Picaridin insect repellent, Coghlan's Citronella candle, Ben's 30 Deet, Ben's 100 Deet.


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