Things About Mosquito Fogging You Should Know

mosquito fogging facts

Some of us might have experienced this issue. Sometimes fogging is held on rainy season to avoid the mosquitoes breeding. In another case, mosquito fogging is held when dengue fever has resulted a victim in a particular area. Mosquito fogging has several advantages, but it has loss as well. These are some things you should know about mosquito fogging. You can choose to use the fogging as your mosquito repellent or not afterwards.

Neurotoxin

This mosquito control way contains pesticide substance named pyrethroids or permethrins. It is used not only in mosquito abatement, but also in pesticides for fleas, tics, lice, mites like scabies, ants, termites, etc. This chemical is a strong neurotoxin and marked by EPA as “likely” carcinogenic.

Neurotoxin is a substance which can cause nervous system damage. It had been tried on rats and resulted hyperactivity, salivation, tremors, hyperexcitability, defecation, urination, and also liver damage. Other animals experienced numbness of lips and tongue, nausea, diarrhea, convulsions, aggression, seizures, paralysis, respiratory failure, and the worst… death. It has negative impacts on bugs as well.

On human, neurotoxin can cause itching, burning, and prickling sensations of the skin, headaches, convulsions, tremors, facial flushing and selling, nausea, asthma, sneezing and nasal congestion. Furthermore, this mosquito fogging ingredient can cause autism, birth defects, parkinson, depression, breast cancer, thyroid damage, liver disease, kidney problems, immune damage, and also nervous system damage.

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Piperonyl Butoxide

Another chemical contained in mosquito fogging is piperonyl butoxide. It is a suspected carcinogen and highly toxic to the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal, reproductive and nervous system. this chemical is suspected of being connected to coma, convulsions, renal damage, hyperexcitability, prenatal damage, vomiting, weight loss, anorexia and many more. It is also a dangerous neurotoxin which can kill birds, fish, and other aquatic life.

Avoiding the Impact of Mosquito Fogging

It is known that mosquito fogging can cause serious damage to nervous, respiratory, and other body systems. If you can choose, it is better if you do not apply the mosquito fogging. But, if it is an urgency, you can protect you and your family by avoiding the fogged place for several hours. Use masks tightly for additional protection.

If the mosquito fogging is held outside, make sure your windows, doors, and other slits have been closed during and after the fogging. If it is held indoors, make sure your furniture and belongings have been protected well and go towards a safe distance for several until 12 hours. Do not forget to use masks until the fog has been totally disappeared and clean up your house after the mosquito fogging.

Mosquito Control for Home

Mosquito Control for Home

Summer and spring season are very enjoyable. The warm breeze is very nice. However, in the other side, summer and spring are also nice seasons for mosquitoes to come out. Many ways to prevent mosquito bites must be done as the form of mosquito control. One of them is using mosquito repellent products.

If you look for mosquito repellents at stores, you will find many kinds of products. Some of them contains DEET.

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Consider the health effects before you use the product. According to a study by the National Park Service, DEET has side effects including headache, nausea, skin irritation, dizziness, rashes and numb or burning lips. It is also found by researchers at Duke University that long-term exposure DEET can kill brain cells and cause behavioral changes in rats.

Should we rely on those chemicals? No. There are several ways can be used as mosquito control, especially at home. It is important to pay attention on your health, too.

Let the Nature ‘do’ Mosquito Control

Some herbs can help you to make mosquito control. Rose-scented geraniums and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) contains natural repellents called citronellal and geraniol. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) contains nepetalactone which is 10 times more effective than DEET. Basil (Ocimum basilicum), lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus), and lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) can repel mosquitoes less than 30 minutes. To use these leaves, you only have to crush them and rub them on exposed skin. Chose the best for your skin without any allergies. Another form of mosquito control may be soybean oil. It can give protection for 1,5 hours (based on study by the New England Journal of Medicine).

This video show you how to make natural mosquito repellent 

About your garden..

Another mosquito control is by filling your garden or yard with plants that repel mosquitoes. Keep your garden clean. Clean your garden regularly. Do not let the mosquitoes live and breed on stagnant water, old tires, clothes, and other stuffs. Use Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) on ponds or other areas with standing water if it is needed. Use insecticides sprays which are safe for other animals such as cyfluthrin or lambda-cyhalothrin.

Take Care of Yourself

When you are outdoor, you may need mosquito repellent to protect yourself. You can  use garden candles made from citronella oil. For your skin, you can use herbal repellent. It can be made from essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, neem, garlic, basil, catnip, lemon, lemongrass, and cedar. Apply it to the area which mosquitoes are attracted, like wrist, ears, and ankles.

Check how many hours the repellent will protect you to make sure how many times you have to reapply it. Light or neutral colored clothing will also help you as the mosquito control.

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites can be very annoying. Many people usually scratch the bites with bare hands. However, this way is not helpful because by scratching it, the bite will be swelling and more itchy.

Dr. Neal B. Schultz, a board-certified dermatologist in practice in New York City, said that when mosquito bite us, it injects a material into the skin that causes inflammation (redness, swelling, tenderness, and heat). As the respond, our body release a chemical substance called histamine. That then becomes an itch.

There are some risks when you try to cure the itch by scratching it. First, you can break the skin and expose it to infection. Second, scratching can cause more inflammation, itching, and worse pain. Many people often apply antihistamine as the cure. But, in other side, antihistamine can cause pesky side effects, particularly drowsiness. If you prefer use the natural remedies, there are several options on how to treat mosquito bites.

Ice

Cold sensation can provide relief for itching. It actually numbs the nerves so you cannot feel the itch and pain.

Essential Oils

Some essential oils contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which can be used as an anti-inflammatory. Lavender, tea tree, neem, and rosemary works well. Apply the oil on the bites. This herbal oil can be the solution on how to treat mosquito bites.

Vinegar

This home remedy can helps on how to treat mosquito bites during its acidity. Put a few drops on cotton ball and wipe the bites with it. For more than one bite, you can also use 2-3 cups of this ingredients with hot water in a bathtub. Apple cider vinegar works best.

Of course, apple cider vinegar had many health benefits for us. What are they? This nice video was the answer.

Tea Bag

How to treat mosquito bites with tea bags? It is only a piece of cake. Put the cooled tea bags on the bites. The tannins in tea act as an astringent which can draw extra fluid out of the bite and ease swelling on bites.

Baking Soda

Baking soda contains mild alkaline compound which can help neutralize the pH balance of the skin. It can help easing the soreness. You can use this remedy by dissolving it into a warm bath or mixing it with water to make a paste and apply it directly on the bites. It can be mixed with witch hazel to treat the bites as well.

Leaves

How to treat mosquito bites with leaves? There are basil and peppermint which can help you. Basil contains camphor and thymol, while peppermint gives cooling sensation. You may choose one of them, crush the leaves, and apply it to the bites. You can also use their essential oils.

Slapping or Pinching

Maybe it is sounds silly. How to treat mosquito bites with slapping and pinching? Actually, slapping and pinching work on “manipulating” the brain. The brain can only register one feeling at a time.

So, when you make another pain on your skin, you might get some relief from the itchiness when the pain of the slap is over. Be careful when applying this method or you will injures yourself worse.