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CDC: One in 150 patients will develop deadly form of virus
Mosquito season is peaking with reports of higher instances of serious infestations and diseases than normal. West Nile virus has spread over 40 states so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention latest report (July 24, 2018) indicate 39 cases have been reported across the United States this year.
Officials warn that the numbers are more than likely higher than the reported counts. At least 29 people were diagnosed with a neuroinvasive disease such as meningitis or encephalitis, which can be caused by West Nile virus. California and Louisiana have seen the most cases in 2018. According to the CDC, one in 150 patients will develop the potentially deadly form of the virus.
6 techniques to prevent mosquitoes from invading your home:
Mosquito Yard Spray
Large bottle of inexpensive blue mouthwash.
Three (3) cups of Epsom Salt.
Three (3) stale 12 oz. cheap beer.
Mix the three ingredients together until the salt is dissolved.
Spray anywhere you sit or congregate outside: around pools, spas, lawn chairs, swing sets, etc.
It will not harm plants or flowers.
Mosquitoes should be gone from that area for at least two months. Best practice includes spraying around decks and sitting areas twice each summer.
Homemade Mosquito Repellant #2
Combine in a 16 oz. spray bottle:
15 drops of lavender oil.
3-4 tablespoons of vanilla extract
¼ cup of lemon juice
Fill bottle with water. Shake. Spray.
Repel Mosquitoes With Dryer Sheets
Simply hang a dryer sheet outside where you are. Campers, hikers and gardeners place them in their pants pockets (with some exposed). The smell will repel the mosquitoes. It is pretty powerful so you do not have to hang them everywhere.
Catnip, also known as Nepeta cateria, is known to release an odor that drives cats crazy for it. The odor also repels pesky mosquitos—up to ten times more effective than DEET!
Mosquitos always seem to show up during a barbecue. By adding rosemary, you’ll not only ward them off but add delicious flavor to your food. Rosemary also works on campfires.
Grow flowers and herbs
- Basil is great for pesto, but mosquitos hate it.
- Marigolds repel mosquitoes as well as aphids and even rabbits.
- Lavender might be a favorite for relaxation but mosquitos detest it.
- Lemongrass has natural citronella oil in it which repels mosquitos.
Advice from the CDC
Protect your baby or child
- Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
- Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin* or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Permethrin-treated clothing will protect you after multiple washings. See product information to find out how long the protection will last.
- If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
- Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.
*In some places, such as Puerto Rico, where permethrin products have been used for years in mosquito control efforts, mosquitoes have become resistant to it. In areas with high levels of resistance, use of permethrin is not likely to be effective.
Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home
- Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Use air conditioning when available.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.