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Not to scare you, but did you know that the first confirmed case of the Zika virus in Travis County (Austin, Texas) happened last February? February! Yes, in the wintertime! While it was contracted by a person who had just visited Colombia, it got me reading about needing protection from mosquitoes even during the winter months. Thankfully, mosquito activity is low during our coldest months, but health organizations say that preventative measures residents can take to avoid mosquito bites include draining any water around their property, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and using EPA-registered insect repellents. By June, Texas had 44 people that were infected with Zika although a majority of those people acquired it while traveling. That said, did you know that the mosquito that carries Zika is endemic to Central Texas? The Department of State Health Services issued information to those who are traveling to infected areas that they should use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and stay indoors. When back in the States, DSHS says “just in case” you got infected, you should continue the same precautions for three weeks to prevent the virus from spreading to Texas mosquitoes. Yes, the Zika virus can spread to a Texas mosquito from a person infected with Zika.
While women who are pregnant should be extra cautious when outside, it’s important for all of us to be protected and I found a cool way to stay protected from flying insects and be SEEN during Trick or Treat this Halloween. BugBand is a Cartersville, GA company that makes insect repelling bands that also GLOW IN THE DARK and their products are all made in the USA. Just as a FYI, because it is important to note, BugBand uses a natural, pesticide-free product called Geraniol which requires no EPA registration. Interestingly, in the 1990s, EPA evaluated the active ingredients in all natural plant oils products for safety (but not effectiveness) and determined those used in insect repellent products were safe for people. Geraniol was developed by the University of Florida as a pesticide-free alternative to other bug repellents. Geraniol is a naturally occurring scent ingredient found in various essential oils such as rose oil and citronella oil, and since I’m not a chemist, I’m just going to link to this study that talks about the effectiveness of geraniol over citronella and linalool diffusers here. The BugBand wristbands are great to wear for visibility in the dark, but is also used to create a protective shield around the wearer from flying insects. Stay safe this Halloween and be sure to keep those pesky mosquitoes away!
Features & Benefits:
- The vapors from the plastic BugBand wristband form a protective shield around the immediate area, keeping insects a safe distance away.
- While many repellents are easily diluted or rinsed off with swimming or perspiration, the wristband just keeps working, up to 120 hours.
- It’s packaged in an innovative reusable plastic “pod” which can be used to store the wristband and can be sealed between uses to preserve the active life of the product.
- The plastic band is designed with a patented break-away strap that snaps if it becomes entangled.
- It can also be worn on belt loops, hatbands, pet collars, fastened in tents, attached to baby carriages or applied to other areas where insects could be a problem. Several wristbands can be strung together to create a longer band.
- Safety Data Sheet for BugBand Wristbands
Want another way to keep pesky mosquitoes away? BugBand is also available in towelettes, pump spray, and waterproof wristbands for a stroller, belt loop, or pet collar.
List Price: $ 4.95 (Each)