Home Health It’s Summer, Protect Yourself Against Mosquitos’

It’s Summer, Protect Yourself Against Mosquitos’

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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

With the Summer Heat and Rain ramping up and a long Memorial Day Weekend around the corner, it’s also time to double check something you probably don’t want to think about: Mosquito Control. Zika prevention..plus a myriad of other skeeter-borne illnesses.

What works and what doesn’t?

If you used “Viatek-brand Mosquito Shield Bands ” the FTC says you may not have gotten much protection at all. They just paid $300,000 to Uncle Sam to settle FTC Charges they made how their product kept you safe from mosquitoes they couldn’t substantiate. According to the FTC ““With Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses in the news, consumers might be looking for products that protect them from mosquitos,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The defendants took advantage of those concerns, and peddled a product without having scientific support that it effectively prevented mosquito bites.”

And if you’re looking for an all-natural solution, Consumer Reports says keep looking …or settle on some more traditional products they’ve found work much better.

In their latest report they recommend “We advise skipping most products made with natural plant oils, such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend (a blend of citronella, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, and other ingredients) and EcoSmart Organic, (which includes geraniol, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, and lemongrass oil). They did not last for more than 1 hour against Aedes mosquitoes, and some failed almost immediately.”

So what do they like best?

“The most effective products against Aedes mosquitoes were Sawyer Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour, which each contain 20 percent picaridin, and Off! Deepwoods VIII, which contains 25 percent deet. They kept the mosquitoes from biting for about 8 hours. (The Sawyer product was our top insect repellent overall. It was the only one that also kept Culex mosquitoes, which can spread West Nile disease, and deer ticks, which can spread Lyme disease, away for at least 8 hours.) Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula kept Aedes mosquitoes away for 7.5 hours and Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, containing 30 percent lemon eucalyptus, stopped them for 7 hours.”

In my tests several years ago, I found “Buzz Off ” treated clothing helped too and actually kept the swarms off me for a while down in the ‘Glades…without the nasty side effects of heavy DEET usage, which I’m sensitive to.

Take this seriously, especially if there are any expectant moms out there.

But don’t forget as of this date according to the CDC, NO domestic cases of Zika have been reported from anyone in the U-S caused by the bite of Zika-Infected mosquitos.

Consumer Reports tests

The FTC information on “Mosquito Shield Bands”

[vc_message message_box_style=”3d” message_box_color=”turquoise”]By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, May 25, 2016[/vc_message]
Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.