Bug Bites: Natural Ways to Protect Your Kids This Spring
Spring’s warm weather means outdoor fun for most families. Whether it’s camping, hiking, an afternoon at the park, a game of T-ball or a backyard barbecue, nobody wants to be slowed down by an irritating insect bite. Bug bites are often painful and some backyard pests are vectors for serious diseases (deer ticks can carry Lyme disease and mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus). In fact, the common housefly can transport nearly two million different kinds of bacteria.
Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to completely prevent exposure, but that doesn’t mean you have to let unwanted pests ruin your summer fun. It just means you have to outsmart them. Believe it or not, there are natural ways and products to do just that.
Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe From Backyard Pests
- Make sure that your children’s play areas are nowhere near overgrown backyard areas. Pests are often found in wooded or overgrown places where there is leaf litter, thick weeds or high grass, so it’s critical to designate ‘no play zones.’
- Avoid scents. Kids should smell like….well, kids. Smelling like a rose might be pleasant to the nose, but it could invite unwanted attention from insects. Avoid perfumes, lotions, scented soaps, oils, or other fragrant cosmetics when spending time outdoors.
- Get rid of standing water in your yard. Clear gutters, tires swings, buckets, sand box covers, plastic pools and toys. Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
- Don’t let your home become a source of infestation. Have your kids remove their clothes if they’ve been trekking around outside and ask them to take shower. If your pet spends time both indoors and out, protect your family by thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing pet bedding. Regularly vacuum carpet and upholstered furniture.
- Use natural insect repellents rather than poisonous sprays and lotions. Chemical-based products can pose a real danger to the health of your pet, your kids and yourself. DEET is one of the most commonly used insect repellents, however the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against the use of this product on children under the age of two. Flea collars, shampoos, and monthly pest control treatments are also available for use on our pets. Many of these products have also been linked to serious health complications in animals. All of these products require frequent reapplication or dosing in order to maintain effectiveness. One natural option is shoo!TAG, a chemical free insect repellant that provides safe, long-lasting protection against biting insects without the application of sprays, lotions or liquids of any kind.
“It’s important for parents to understand that there are safe ways to protect their kids and pets from dangerous insects and the diseases that they often carry without the use of harmful chemicals and poisons,” said Melissa Rogers, co-founder of Energetic Solutions Corporation, the creators of shoo!TAG. “By taking a few simple precautions, parents can ensure a more enjoyable outdoor experience this spring.”
How do you protect your kids from backyard pests? What has worked and what has not worked? How do you keep your kids safe while playing outside during the warmer months?
Melissa Rogers is the co-founder of Energetic Solutions Corporation, the creators of shoo!TAG. shoo!TAG is a completely natural insect repellent for people, animals and pets. Combining cutting-edge science and technology, shoo!TAG uses electromagnetic frequencies to create a chemical-free protective barrier from mosquitos, ticks and other pests that lasts up to four months. For more information or to purchase shoo!TAG products, please visit www.shootag.com
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