Don't Get Bitten!

Updated: Dec 4, 2019


Mosquitoes are a group of about 3500 species of small insects that are a type of fly. Within that order they constitute the family Culicidae. The word "mosquito" is Spanish for "little fly". Few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the persistent, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers. Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors, for some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses, and they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease. Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries.

There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but the members of three bear primary responsibility for the spread of human diseases. Anopheles mosquitoes are the only species known to carry malaria. They also transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes carry encephalitis, filariasis, and the West Nile virus. And Aedes mosquitoes, of which the voracious Asian tiger is a member, carry yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis.

Mosquitoes transmit disease in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim.

About Zika

Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.

Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners, even if the person doesn’t have symptoms.

Zika is linked to birth defects.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. If you are pregnant and have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with risk of Zika, use condoms or do not have sex during your pregnancy. To be effective, condoms should be used from start to finish, every time during vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

Zika Cases in the United States- 37,304 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases reported†147 cases in travelers returning from affected areas, 37,157 cases acquired through presumed local mosquito-borne transmission.

Prevent mosquito bites

Zika virus is spread to people mainly through the bite of an infected mosquito.Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the day, but they can also bite at night.The best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Use Insect Repellent. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Find the right insect repellent for you by using EPA’s search tool. Buy now during colder months and save!


1. Ben's 30% DEET Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent, 3.4 Ounce Pump

by Ben's

Ben's 30% DEET mosquito, tick and insect repellent offers the minimum DEET concentration recommended by the CDC for protection against mosquitos, ticks and biting insects.Offers 8+ hours of protection against insect-transmitted diseases including Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Lyme Disease, and Dengue Fever and other infectious diseases.Our DEET formula won't absorb into your skin. The water-based formula stays on skin's surface rather than being absorbed.Easy to apply, the spray pump bottle provides thorough coverage for complete protection. Fragrance free so you'll smell the great outdoors, not your repellent.The 3.4-ounce spray pump fits in your pocket so you can take it anywhere. TSA-compliant size. Price:$7.74 ($2.28 / Fl Oz) & FREE Shipping. ORDER YOURS HERE!



2. REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, Pump Spray, 4-Ounce

Repel(R) Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

Repel mosquitoes for up to 6 hours with this DEET free insect repellent! Finding a DEET alternative that protects you during outdoor adventures can be difficult. Luckily Repel(R) brand offers a plant-based insect repellent that also provides lasting protection. List Price:$6.99 Price:$5.29 & FREE Shipping. You Save:$1.70 (24%) Order yours here today.



3. Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin

by Sawyer Products

Sawyer Products offers advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries.

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

Long lasting protection and gear safe

Safe to use on the whole family, Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent is highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects and is great for use on both skin and clothing.

Is Picaridin as Effective as DEET?

Picaridin is the perfect balance of efficacy, safety, and user-friendliness. It repels a wide variety of pests including mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges. One of the longest lasting repellents available, it provides up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks (using the lotion; up to 12 hours for spray models), and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers, and gnats.

Is Picaridin Save for the Whole Family?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the active ingredient Icaridin (which is how Picaridin is known around the world) as the product of choice for malaria prophylaxis. Price:$12.82 & FREE Shipping. ORDER YOURS HERE TODAY.



4. Off! Deep Woods Dry Aerosol Insect Repellant, 2.5 Ounce (2 Count)

Long Lasting Protection from Mosquitoes, Ticks, Biting Flies, Gnats and ChiggersGoes on Dry with no overpowering scentCan be applied to Children by AdultsUse on Hats, Shirts, Pants, Socks and exposed skinConvenient 2 pack for on the go. Price:$8.90 & FREE Shipping. ORDER YOURS HERE TODAY!



5. Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent, 4-Ounce Pump Spray

Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito & Insect Repellent Spray contains 30% Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus — the only plant based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Repels mosquitoes & insects for up to 6 hours: Repels mosquitoes that may transmit Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue virus & Chicungunya virus. 

Murphy's Naturals Plant-Based D.E.E.T. Free Lemon Eucalyptus Oil insect repellent goes on easy with a cool, refreshing scent. This unique, plant-based active ingredient repels mosquitoes, include those that may carry Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue virus, and Chikungunya virus. 

Made with Citriodiol® – a clinically proven plant based insect repellent that is naturally and sustainably sourced. Our 4 oz pump spray bottle contains 30% Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus — the only plant based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Good for the family, good for the planet. Price:$12.00 & FREE Shipping. ORDER YOURS HERE TODAY.

D.E.E.T FREE! Not Greasy or Sticky After It Dries. Made with Citriodiol® – a clinically proven plant based insect repellent that is naturally and sustainably sourced. Good For The Family, Good For The Planet. Won't Harm Gear; For Extra Protection Apply to Clothing. Cool, Refreshing Scent. Ingredients: Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Deionized Water & Ethanol. Price:$12.00 & FREE Shipping.


OTHER WAYS TO AVOID GETTING BIT Keep mosquitoes away from exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks. Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin. Stay indoors when possible, especially if there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect. If you are going to be staying outdoors, there are plenty of different size nets and netting to cover up with. I have a hammock I use while camping that has a built in mosquito net. Works great! Use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely. Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations, such as salt marshes. Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.


With the mild winters the mid-west has been having for a couple of years, the bug populations are dramatically on the rise. With no hard freezes and lots extra rain, the mosquitoes are going to be thick in 2019. Mosquitoes are most active in mornings and evenings, right before the sun goes down. Keep this mind when planning your outdoor activities. Don't keep your lantern near you when camping or you are guaranteed to be eaten alive!



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