Have you heard the news?
EEE or Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in many mosquitoes in Connecticut. EEE can be fatal and so locally we are seeing towns imposing curfews and having school athletic events earlier so they don’t take place in the latest part of the day.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. They breed in very little amounts of standing water and will be around until we have a hard freeze. That means we still have at least two weeks to contend with this risk.
What are you doing to protect yourself?
Let’s talk about a few steps you can take:
1.) Walk around the outside of your house and dump any standing water collectors. Look at planters, buckets, and even fill in small holes that can contain water. These do NOT need to be deep, as mosquitoes can breed in very shallow stagnant water sources.
2.) If you are out in the woods or are outside for extended periods of time during the dawn and dusk hour make sure you are protected. The CDC has found that DEET is the most effective protection against mosquitoes and there are plenty of DEET containing products available readily at pharmacies and super markets. While DEET is very effective, it also is highly corrosive (I’ve had it burn holes in Patagonia jackets!) so I only use it if I am using it occasionally and if you are going to be outside for prolonged periods of time.
3.) Keep your doors and windows closed if you do not have screens. If you have screen doors or windows, double check they are not damaged or loosely sealed.
4.) Utilize insect repelling essential oils for protection on a more frequent basis. These non-toxic plant based tools can keep the insects away without inviting in the toxicity and caustic tendencies of DEET.
One way to protect yourself is by creating a anti-mosquito spray and using it before you go outside for brief periods of time, like walking taking the dog out, picking flowers from your garden, walking to the mailbox, etc. Here are some of my favorite insect repelling essential oils and spray recipe to try:
Terrashield: This combination of catnip, amyris bark, African sandalwood, wild orange, Hawaiian sandalwood, rose and more oils is a great combo of protective oils.
Geranium: While it is the oil of love, so great to support you in feeling all things from the heart, it also is one that many bugs are not fond of, so has protective qualities.
Citronella: This essential oil is the one that many of the outdoor candles supposedly contain to keep mosquitos at bay. While they state they contain Citronella, many candles actually also have other more toxic compounds. With using this oil alone you can get the effects of the candles without the negative ones of their contents.
Lemon Eucalyptus: The CDC has found Lemon Eucalyptus to be almost as effective as DEET in keeping insects at bay. This highly fragrant oil smells just like it sounds: a combination of lemon and eucalyptus. It’s fresh, clean fragrance is highly repellant to mosquitoes.
Cedarwood: A warm and woodsy oil that is also is wonderful for calming stress and anxiousness. Combine with some of the other oils listed.
Peppermint: Peppermint is an oil you can use for many insects including ants and mosquitoes. For ants it can be used solo, but for mosquitos combine with other oils.
Going in and Out Anti-Mosquito Spray
20 drops Terrashield
20 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
20 drops Citronella
20 drops Geranium
optional: Cedarwood, Peppermint at 10-20 drops
2 Tbsp of Witch Hazel (stabilizes oils in water)
fill remainder of 30 ml spray bottle with distilled or purified water.
Spray on skin, shoes or clothing before going outside every time at the risky hours. Essential oils CAN stain clothing so make sure you spray at a distance. Wash your hands before eating, touching eyes or face. (or giving your dog a treat for going outside)
Finally keep your immune support boosted and supported with daily use of OnGuard products: softgels, touch roller, toothpaste, mouthwash, essential oil and beadlets.
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Stay safe and mosquito free!