Chigger and Mosquito Season…

I’ve read reports stating with the warm winter we had, mosquitoes and chiggers will be in fine form this spring and summer and ready for action. Many recommendations tell you to remain indoors to avoid bites or wear clothing that fully covers your body, but what kind of fun is that?? With a little planning, there are things you can do to avoid the annoying, itching bites of chiggers and mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are attracted to floral or spicy scents, such as, perfume, hair products, soap, etc. If you’re planning to spend time outside, plan ahead and try using unscented products and no perfume or after shave before you head outdoors. Mosquitoes are also attracted by sweat. If you work or exercise outside, dry yourself off regularly to cut down on insect attraction.

There is a product available that works well too. It is called BADGER Anti-Bug Balm. (Available online or in natural food stores). This is a natural product containing essential oils, olive oil, and beeswax. If I use a bit around my ankles, it keeps chiggers away and from moving up my legs. I also place a small amount around my shoulder and elbow areas to discourage mosquitoes. I carry a small tin of bug balm in my purse so I’m always prepared.

If you find yourself outdoors unexpectedly without bug balm and experience bites, ibuprofen will help after the fact. As bites become itchy and irritated, the ibuprofen reduces swelling and inflammation, helping them itch less. The more you avoid scratching a bite, the more quickly it will heal and disappear.

So plan ahead, and enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer without chiggers and mosquitoes joining the party.

Strive to be healthy!

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