Summer is one of the best seasons ever, in most people enjoy their holidays and stay more often than usual in nature. Unfortunately, right there you come to the dark side of summer: the insects whose stings and bites us both annoying but harmless symptoms like itching and burning (especially mosquitoes) and serious diseases such as Can bring disease (V. A. ticks). In this article you will find several tips on how to protect themselves from insects without having to directly access chemical retardants.
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Among the most common biting insects include:
Сertain mosquitoes and flies
When insects stinging they release saliva, which can lead to inflammation and blisters. The symptoms of insect bites vary depending on the type of insects and individual sensitivity. While one person only a small, itchy swelling gets that disappears a few days later, someone else can show a serious reaction like knots and vesicular urticarial , the infected or can because of the friction between skin and clothes and zoom trigger the more complaints. Fortunately, there are relatively rare disease caused by insect bites, if you live in countries that are far away from the equator as the northern parts of Europe, the US and Canada. The closer you get to the equator, then more increases the risk of getting disease by mosquitoes and other insects, such as malaria, sleeping sickness, yellow fever, encephalitis or West Nile Virus.
The situation is different in ticks that can cause regardless of your geographical location Lyme disease, babesiosis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever – some of the most serious diseases of our time. To avoid tick bites, make sure that your pants stuck in socks and wear closed shoes when you are in risk of tick areas.
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Mosquitoes are probably the most widespread biting insects. The best way to prevent mosquito bites, it is to avoid contact with mosquitoes.
This can most easily do by:
Are not staying in summer at dusk outdoors (here are the insects most active)
Wear light-colored, long-sleeve shirts blouses, trousers, scarves hats and socks
Avoid the proximity of stagnant water
Cool and dry as possible remain – because your own body temperature and skin smell of lactic acid also attract the insects. This lure will be reinforced, if you are sweaty.
The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has a helpful catalog created with measures to prevent mosquito breeding sites on your property:
Eliminate all sources of standing water to your house, your garden, also from feeding bowls, gutters, garbage and recycling bins, spare tires, bird baths, etc.
Bright, loose-fitting clothing , because such offers the best protection against mosquitoes
Marigolds around the garden plants: Marigolds act like bug spray, because their flowers give off a scent that insects do not like. So we have the possibility to dispense with the use of chemical insecticides! Most conventional insecticides namely contain the toxic chemical DEET.
Health hazards related to chemical insect repellents.
Currently DEET (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is used in more than 230 different products. The Dean of the University Medical Center, the pharmacologists researched for 30 years effects of pesticides. He discovered that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair the cellular functions in parts of the brain, which in lab tests on rats has demonstrated behavioral changes.
Especially children are sensitive to changes in the brain . Their thin skin easily absorbed chemicals from the environment, which the may affect development of the nervous system quickly. Other possible side effects of DEET exposure include:
Muscle weakness and fatigue
Muscles and joints
Another, potentially harmful chemical that is found in many insect sprays, is Permethrin. This chemical is a member of the synthetic pyrethroid family, which includes all neurotoxins . Health risks that combine with permethrin are:
Immune system problems
Permethrin is also harmful to the environment:
It is particularly toxic to bees and many aquatic organisms.
It should also be noted that permethrin has a highly toxic in cats. It is used as an ingredient in some topical (for topical application) flea products – so if you can find on the label the warning: “Only for Dogs”, then this product is likely to contain permethrin.
With these natural remedies you can protect yourself against insects:
Cinnamon leaf (one study found that cinnamon leaf can kill insects more effective than DEET)
Clear blend of vanilla extract with olive oil
Wash with lemongrass soap and then give a 100% pure essential citronella oil on your skin
Use catnip oil (according to a study this oil is 10 times more effective than DEET)
A blend of natural plant extracts from citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and vanilla is a natural insect repellent against mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other stinging insects. In an independent study has shown that this bug spray is more effective than a product that contains 100% DEET. On top, it is also healthier and safer for you, your children and your pets.
Treating blisters and bites with herbs and other natural resources
Fortunately, there are plenty of herbs and other natural resources, which have a calming effect on the skin. Many of them have anti-inflammatory properties. Try mosquito bites therefore following means:
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The most soothing herb of all, whether used in a tea or applied to the skin. It is rich in flavonoids, apigenin, luteolin and quercetin.
In addition to possibly repelling mosquitoes cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Are useful for the reduction of swelling.
Raw organic honey:
A particularly powerful variety is Manuka honey from New Zealand. The bees there feed on flowers of the manuka bush, which is known as “Tea Tree” (tea tree).
One of the most popular essential oils for a soothing fragrance. Lavender has an antimicrobial and soothing to the skin.
Effective against fungi, boils, eczema and lichen, and it also helps good for insect bites.
Tea tree oil:
Helpful in healing cuts, burns, infections and a variety of other skin conditions. It also has a good antimicrobial effect.
Contains camphor and thymol: two compounds which relieve the itching. Either you crush some fresh herbs and place them directly on the bite, or use the essential oil used.
Lemon and lime:
Both have an anti-itch effect and are antibacterial and antimicrobial. Important: application of juices of citrus fruits on the skin should be avoided when you are outdoors, since blistering may occur when you expose yourself to sunlight.
A cooling sensation through the mint tea inhibits the itching and soothes him, at least temporarily. Use essential oil or grated fresh mint leaves. Even the laying of a cooled tea bag directly on the bite site can help, because the tannins in tea reduce the swelling.
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Lie down in a bathtub with warm water to which you have added apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar can help to relieve the unbearable itching.
You can also mix some baking soda with a small amount of water and witch hazel to make a paste that you apply directly to the bite sites. This mixture can reduce swelling efficiently.
Relieve acute pain with heat and cold.
Ice or heat are other options to alleviate the discomfort caused by insect bites:
The applying a simple ice pack on painful insect bites can replace the treatment with painkillers. For mild local reactions, clean the bite site and place a cold compress on.
Alternatively, heat a minute or a spoon under hot tap water, then press this for a few minutes against the bite site.