It’s Buggin’ Me! How to Safely Use an Insect Repellent
Why Should I Use an Insect Repellent?
The use of insect repellents is a safe and effective way to prevent insect and tick-borne diseases.
Mosquito bites can lead to:
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
- Dengue fever
- Chikungunya virus
- Yellow Fever (rare in the US)
while the small deer tick can cause Lyme disease. Other tick-borne diseases include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Powassan virus, Ehrlichiosis and Encephalitis.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommends the use of insect repellents to prevent transmission of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Most cases of malaria diagnosed in the U.S. originate from other parts of the world.
How Do Insect Repellents Work?
Many insects like mosquitoes are attracted to the host because of their skin odors and carbon dioxide from their breath.
Repellents contain an ingredient that makes the person 'unattractive' for biting; however, repellents do not kill the insect. Repellents are effective only at short distances from the treated surface, so the user may still see mosquitoes flying nearby.
In the warmer months it is important to use an insect repellent; in tropical climates it may be needed year-round.
Here's a tip if you're an avid gardener or hiking: insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of for feeding -- such as bees, some ants, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets or spiders -- cannot be fought off with insect repellents.
Continue reading the complete article on safely using insect repellents medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson PharmD here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).