This south Florida summer is going to be a hot one! Each year we struggle to fight off mosquitoes and keep ourselves, our loved ones and especially children safe from these obnoxious bites each year. This year is a little differently as the Zika Virus has affected many parts of the world recently. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika and no medicine that effectively treats it, so it is important to do what you can to protect yourself in those areas that mosquitoes are prone to.
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie shared some of her tips with Mindbodygreen.com and here are some of those top tips to keep in mind.
- Keep screens closed: This isn’t the summer to leave the windows open— use A/C instead. Aedes mosquitoes love warmer weather, especially during the day and at twilight.
- Ditch birdbaths and other standing water: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so this is important to note for any area you see that water standing still.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants in light colors to prevent bites: This is of course for when you are not in the swimming pool, but for those times you are not this is an important note—especially for those kiddos.
- Use the right repellent: This is key for the swimming pool. According, to the CDC< the most effective combination is using permethrin-treated clothing and gear (if applicable), combined with DEET (7-30 percent), or picaridin (20 percent) on exposed skin, which are both safe for pregnant women and children (older than 2 months). Reapply according to directions.
Dr. Darria also notes that unfortunately congress has not yet been able to agree on directing funds to fight Zika at home, so if you’re so inclined, tweet to your senator and representatives: #Zika is coming and we need to act NOW. #FundZika