Defeat Zika – 4 Ways to Protect Yourself
Zika has invaded the United States, but you can arm yourself, protect yourself and fight back with 4 things.
The World Health Organization declared Zika virus is a global public health emergency and there is now evidence it has invaded the United States. Right now, Zika is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico and confirmed cases in Florida have further raised fears- particularly among women who are pregnant or want to start a family.
So what is the threat? At this point, there is still very much that is unknown about Zika – but it looks certain that if pregnant women get infected with Zika, then it is capable of causing microcephaly in babies. It is believed that the virus has caused thousand of babies to be born with underdeveloped brains.
Zika is transmitted by mosquitos. Currently, there’s no vaccine and no drug to treat it…so don’t let mosquitos get the best of you.
How can you fight back against this growing threat? The military takes steps like Permethrin treated uniforms, DEET or Picaridin loaded repellent applied to skin, properly worn uniforms to reduce skin exposure and Permethrin treated bed nets. With deep experience working in mosquito-infested areas, it is well worth applying their best practice to home defense.
A layered, combined defense is the best strategy. The military recommends it, the CDC does and the WHO.
Know what the insiders know and arm yourself with these four things: repellant, invisible shields, clothing and nets. Here are some top picks.
Military Grade Repellent
Insect repellent is an excellent way to combat Zika and other mosquito transmitted threats. What are some of the best options?
About three decades ago, the military began working closely with 3M to develop a better way to defeat mozzies. Ultrathon Lotion was born and militaries all around the world use it in jungles and other mosquito dense areas. This product is designed so that the DEET evaporates slowly so it gives you about 12 hours or protection. Available for $10.50.
Of the repellants Consumer Reports tested in 2016, they found the two most effective products against Aedes mosquitoes used 20 percent Picaridin: Sawyer Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour. Both are also popular choices with some special operations forces around the world. Sawyer is available for $9.99 and Natrapel for $8.39.
Don’t let mosquitos drive you indoors. Set up an invisible shield to help you still enjoy the final days of Summer. Deploy Thermacell tech and a secret weapon based on a colorful flower to create a safe zone.
Thermacell products run via a small butane cartridge that heats up a small mat. The mat is saturated with something called allethrin. Allethrin mimics the chrysanthemum flower. As this mat heats up, the allethrin evaporates creating a safe, odorless, invisible 15-foot x 15-foot zone. It is safe for pets and the entire family.
The products have been thoroughly tested and they’ve been proven to repel mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus as well as other threats like West Nile.
The Scout Lantern launched a few months ago and it is a fantastic must have for families. Available for $39.99, it can give you an effortless, invisible defensive perimeter perfect for backyard bbq’s, camping, hunting and beyond.
Whether running errands or running those morning miles, you can also bring a Zika shield with you by carrying the handheld Repeller. Repeller is available for $24.99.
No Fly Zone Clothes
Expecting mothers…arm yourself with a different sort of pregnancy clothes. Get some daisy inspired defense. The CDC recommends you try to limit your time outdoors, but if you do go outdoors then you should keep your skin covered. Aim to wear protective clothes like long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
For extra anti-Zika armor, choose clothing with permethrin. What’s permethrin? It is a synthetic version of a chemical produced naturally by daisies.
In 2016 Consumer Report testing, the top performer was LL Bean’s tech. The fabric in their No Fly Zone line is lightweight, sun protection at UFP 50+ – and the key is they are treated with permethrin.
For women, some great choices that cover the skin with that enhanced permethrin protection are the No Fly Zone Pants and the No Fly Zone Hoodies. Both are available for $79.00 while the No Fly Zone Pants are available for $99.00.
The LL Bean No Fly Zone Trail Shirt, made with the same material with the same qualities, is a great choice for men and available for $69.00. The Men’s No Fly Zone Zip-Leg Pants available for $99.00. These pants include smart details like zip off pants marked left and right to save time.
Permethrin shirts don’t eliminate the need for repellent on your skin, but can certainly enhance defense against Zika.
Squash sneak attacks
Don’t let those mosquitos sneak attack while you sleep. Take advantage what insiders know and defend your sleep.
Insectiside treated nets are more effective than untreated nets. Choose a tightly woven net with enough fabric to tuck under your mattress. Research has repeatedly proven that insecticide-treated nets dramatically reduce the risk of mosquito borne threats to pregnant women and children.
Even better, the World Health Organization possesses unrivalled global experience in dealing with health threats like Zika. Ramp up your family’s protection with one of the very few bed nets that has achieved WHO’s approval.
The majority of these ultra capable nets are not readily available to the public, but Olyset tech is one that’s available. Olyset nets are lightweight and easily packable to take with you on vacation with the family. They’re also easily set up at home to create a final barrier between the mosquitos and you and your loved ones.
Olyset Technology incorporates permethrin into the actual fibers of the net. It releases it slowly over a number of years giving you long-lasting, enhanced mosquito protection with better ventilation than many other nets.
The type of mosquitoes that spread Zika tend to prefer biting during the day, but it is well worth reducing the risk at night as well. The Pramex net is available for $39.99.
Don’t be that person
If you do travel to a potential Zika area, then remember to use repellent for three weeks after you return. This is very important. Why? The symptoms to Zika aren’t necessarily obvious so you could return home, be enjoying a BBQ and a local mosquito could bite you. You in turn could be infecting it with Zika. That mosquito could fly away and then bite someone in your family, your pregnant friend, a neighborhood child– so you could accidentally infect others.