These Mosquito Repellents Can Help Prevent Zika Scares
If you've been following the news, you’re probably aware of the fact that the Zika Virus is alive and well, and has been moving itself up north. What started off as an epidemic in mostly South American countries has been affecting many of us living right here in the United States. As of May 25, there have been 591 reported cases of individuals in the U.S. who have been affected by the Zika Virus. Surprisingly, 11 of these individuals have been infected with this virus due to sexual transmission. And with the summer months in full swing, Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes are also out and about in our own backyards. With regards to preventing sexual transmission of the Zika Virus, or any virus for that matter, it’s obvious that using condoms is absolutely imperative. But how do we stop those darn mosquitoes from coming at us? Here are a few of the most effective products I found online that are simple to use and are must-haves this summer in order to stay protected.
Repel 100 Insect Repellent (4.4 Star Rating)
Probably the most effective product you’re going to find out there to keep mosquitoes away from you. Repel 100 contains DEET, which is super effective in repelling mosquitoes. But this is very heavy duty, so you may want to keep it reserved for camping trips and vacations.
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent (4.4 Star Rating)
This is a light lotion with no odor, yet it’s just as effective as any other spray, so it’s great for daily use if you want to avoid weird smelling, sticky bug spray all over your body every day. Customers seem to like that it’s very easy to apply as well.
Saakiaz Mosquito Repellent Bracelets (4.3 Star Rating)
If you’re not a huge fan of trying to putting stuff all over your body, these bracelets are a lifesaver. They contain a very strong chemical that puts mosquitoes off. So just wear it on your wrist and adjust the strap to your liking, and mosquitoes will actually stay away for the rest of the day.
Murphy’s Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks (4.3 Star Rating)
As someone of Indian descent, I’ve grown up with incense sticks around my house all my life, and I can’t complain at all about this cool concept. Just take a few sticks and place each of them about 12-15 feet apart from each other, around your entire surroundings, and mosquitoes will stay off your property.
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (4.2 Star Rating)
As effective as DEET is, it can actually be quite irritating to skin, and can possibly damage clothes and anything else you’ve applied it to. So Repel’s Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent is an amazing alternative if you’ve got sensitive skin and don’t want to risk ruining your gear.
Amazon Lights Outdoor Garden Candle (4 Star Rating)
Let’s stay protected, everyone! Whether you’re venturing out somewhere exotic this summer, or just camping out in your backyard, the Zika Virus is a huge danger that’s running rampant all over the Western Hemisphere. So please, take precautions this summer, and if you’re traveling abroad, maybe invest in checking out ways you can stay covered in case you get really sick and need medical attention over there. Good luck, and welcome to summer!