Sunday 25 August 2019

Bug sprays for a Bite-Proof Summer & Transition Into Fall

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or simply just enjoy an outdoor summer backyard BBQ or bonfire, your bug spray is an important essential you just don’t want to forget. Nothing kills our chill outdoor vibes faster than becoming an all-you-can-eat buffet! Uncomfortable insect bites can always be a summer downfall, and all it takes is a little heat and humidity to make the mosquitoes start breeding like crazy. Besides the annoyance of itchy red bumps, diseases steaming from mosquitoes and tick bites are on the rise and the importance of fighting them off is essential to your summer enjoyment. 

The best way to ensure a bug-free season is to arm yourself with a high-performance insect repellent like the Great Outdoors by Watkins, available at Canadian Tire and in three convenient applications; Aerosol, Pump Spray and Skin Lotion. All containing 25-30% DEET—the OG bug spray ingredient and heavy-duty 6 hours of protection against a wide range of pests like; Blackflies, Midges, Deer Flies, Mosquitoes, Ticks and Chiggers. Protect you and your family all summer long with a solid insect repellent and get those bugs to buzz off!

There are a number of different ailments that bug bites can cause and it's not just your basic itchy red bumps you also need to be aware of disease and parasites. Most insects do not usually attack humans unless they are provoked. Many bites and stings are defensive. Insects sting to protect their hives or nests or when incidentally touched or disturbed (so hives and nests should not be disturbed or approached).

A sting or bite injects venom composed of proteins and other substances that may trigger an allergic reaction in the victim. The sting also causes redness and swelling at the site of the sting.

Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are members of the Hymenoptera family. Bites or stings from these species may cause serious reactions in people who are allergic to them. Death from bee stings is 3 to 4 times more common than death from snake bites. Bees, wasps, and fire ants differ in how they inflict injury.

When a bee stings, it loses the entire injection apparatus (stinger) and actually dies in the process.

A wasp can inflict multiple stings because it does not lose its injection apparatus after it stings.

Fire ants inject their venom by using their mandibles (the biting parts of their jaw) and rotating their bodies. They may inject venom many times.

Puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis or asp) have hollow "hairs" or spines (setae) that break when touched and the toxin is injected into the skin.

In contrast, bites from mosquitoes are not defensive; mosquitoes are looking to get blood for a meal.

Typically, most mosquitoes do not cause significant illnesses or allergic reactions unless they convey "vectors," or pathogenic microorganisms that actually live within the mosquitoes. 

For instance: 
malaria is caused by an organism that spends part of its life cycle in a particular species of mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is another disease spread by a mosquito. 

Various mosquitoes spread other viral diseases such as
equine encephalitis;
Zika virus (suspected of causing microcephaly);
dengue; and
yellow fever to humans and other animals.

The best protection you can offer your family is a high-quality bug spray to avoid getting bitten altogether. Follow me on Pinterest to learn more about the great outdoors and how to keep your family safe while having fun! 

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