Protect Yourself from Bugs!
By Sara Butler
In the last few decades, the number of diseases spread by fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks has tripled in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warmer weather is to blame. That’s why now, more than ever, it’s imperative to protect yourself from the disease that can be spread by insects. Here’s how to protect you and your family while still enjoying the great outdoors.
Mosquitoes may be small, but they carry a lot of diseases! Around the world, mosquitoes kill about one million people per year. They may be far less fatal in your neck of the woods, but they can still make you sick with a variety of illnesses.
You can avoid mosquitoes by making sure to mask your scent with a bug spray. It’s also been discussed that eating garlic can help to mask the scent of carbon dioxide and lactic acid that attracts them to you. It’s probably best to avoid dawn and dusk since that’s when most mosquitoes are out in full force.
Get rid of any standing water you have on your property too, since even the smallest amount of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Try dressing in light colors, too. Some research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to dark and really bright colors.
Lyme disease should be on everyone’s radar, but so should Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Redwater fever, and ehrlichiosis. What disease is most prevalent really depends on where you live, but ticks should be avoided no matter what corner of the world you call home.
You can avoid ticks when you’re in tall grass and wooded areas by wearing long sleeves and long pants. Tuck your pant legs into your socks for a little extra protection so they don’t climb up your leg.
Once you get home, throw your clothes in the dryer on high heat before you wash them since washing them isn’t enough to get ticks off of your clothes. Always check for ticks when you have been anywhere you suspect ticks are -- and don’t forget to check children and pets too.
Talk to your chiropractor about things that are safe to use on your skin to keep bugs off you when you’re out and about. They may have some natural and safe alternatives to suggest.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.