Be Prepared against biting bugs when traveling this summer
This summer if you’re planning to get away somewhere local or escaping down south for even hotter temperatures, mosquitoes, ticks and other insects might get in the way of your vacation fun. Planning ahead is useful to combat not just against the pesky bites but to stop the spread of diseases such as West Nile, Lyme disease or Zika viruses.
Investigate the mosquito reports for the area you are visiting
Check local websites, weather reports and other government sites for information on the bugs of the area. It is important to note peak seasons and any local recommendations based on weather and times of day when the bugs will be most active. Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes so be careful when visiting ponds, large pools of water and fountains where the water is not flowing.
Choose the right repellent
When selecting an insect repellent, make sure it contains DEET or Picaridin; these are important ingredients backed by the CDC to ward off mosquitoes, ticks and bugs that can carry infectious diseases. A great bug repellent is Ben’s® 30’s Tick and Insect Repellent with its unique 30% DEET and water based formula it is made to evaporate slowly, so repellent stays on longer with little absorption into the skin. This formula last up to 8 hours. For a Picaridin formula a good choice is Natrapel® with 20% Picaridin that is safe for the whole family and your gear. Natrapel® will last up to 12 hours. When applying, spray a thin covering to all exposed areas of skin for maximum protection. Be sure to follow the directions and reapply as recommended for continued protection.
For extra protection, make sure to also wear loose fitting clothing and long sleeves and pants. For further head and neck protection try a head net such as the Ben’s® Invisnet or Ultranet.
More tips to cut the itch
The moving air of a fan can disrupts an insect’s flight and help prevent those bugs from finding you to bite. Sticking close to a fan also dispels the air you breathe out, which mosquitoes can use to track you down. Wearing long sleeves and long pants will give you an extra barrier from hungry mosquitoes. Staying indoors might not be ideal but hanging out in screened-in gazebos and patios will help cut the itch while still enjoying your travels.