It’s Getting Buggy Out

The summer season has finally arrived. With all the spring rain come lots of lush summer greenery and colorful flowers… and insects.

Ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, and a host of other organisms such as West Nile virus thrive with lots of moisture. Other than drying up puddles, and keeping the grass mowed low to the ground, there isn’t much we can do to the environment to change this. Spraying with intense pesticides can be done, but contributes to attention deficit in children, as well as asthma and other disorders worsened by challenges to our detoxification system.

Fortunately, there are many non-toxic options available to protect ourselves from these organisms. For people at very high risk, covering exposed areas of the skin can be very helpful, but in very hot weather it’s not very practical.

First of all, for those that seem to attract more mosquitoes than others, vitamin B1, thiamine hydrochloride, is a natural mosquito repellent; mosquitoes do not like the scent of the vitamin B1 as we secrete it from our pores. All vitamin B complexes also contain thiamine. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat the dose as water-soluble vitamins are rapidly excreted.

Bug Band spray and the bracelets contain a powerful alternative to synthetic insect repellents that contain DEET or other toxic chemicals. The Bug Band products contain a powerful extract, called Geraniol. Studies done by the University of Florida, both in the field and in the laboratory, prove the effectiveness of Geraniol at repelling a whole host of pests including ticks, houseflies, gnats, fire ants, cockroaches and mosquitoes.

Citronella, lemon grass and lavender contain Geraniol. In potted plants on your deck or patio, these plants may help keep insects away bay when sitting outdoors.
Quantum’s 100% Natural Flea and Tick Spray contains a powerful combination of extracts, including rose geranium, that can be used on pets and people. Remember that dogs carry ticks and fleas, so treating your pets can be helpful for both you and them. Animals are just as prone to these problem organisms as we are. This all-natural formula uses herbs that are extracted with pure organic alcohol or pure organic apple cider vinegar. The extracts are concentrated to a 1:1 ratio (as opposed to other products diluted to a 4:1 ratio). Also, the water and formulas are electromagnetically “energized” for better absorption into the cells. Dr. Sobel, the herbalist at Quantum, combines herbs in this formula for maximum effectiveness at both repelling the organisms and killing them. The spray vehicle makes this convenient to apply. Remember that in hot weather, perspiration may wash these formulas off, so reapplication may be necessary for extended time outside.

Of course once you leave the insect area, a careful inspection of your children, pets and self should be performed. Lyme disease can have long lasting effects, so this precaution should not be overlooked. If a tick is found, you should be seen by a physician immediately for medical assessment. AND you should bring the tick to your local health department for testing.

In the case of bites that are red and swollen, the homeopathic remedy “Apis mellifica”
can be used to reduce the inflammation and the heat. If the sting causes bruising than the
remedy “Ledum Palustre” can be added.

Natural antihistamines like D-Hist and the chewable D-Hist Jr. can be very effective
alternatives to traditional chemical-based antihistamines, with far fewer possible side
effects.

Enjoy the summer but respect the power of the environment and take proper precautions,
especially as the sun sets.

Disclaimer: Bug bracelets may not be as effective as conventional, chemical insecticides such as Deet.