The best-insect repellent for toddlers! As you’re drifting down the insect repellent aisle looking for a product that will safely protect your toddler from irritating bug bites– or worse - serious mosquito-borne or tick-borne illnesses, you see: DEET. DEET-free! All-natural! Citronella! Spray. Balm. Wipes. Fans. Agh! Help! So many options to weigh. You just want an effective and safe insect repellent for your toddler, so he can enjoy being a kid outside – and you don’t have to worry about her safety. Many health-conscious parents worry about what ingredients are in the insect repellent products that they are putting on their children’s skin, which means you must weigh the risk of insect-borne illnesses against smothering toxic chemicals on your toddler. With all these choices, what is the best insect repellent for your toddler? Let’s cut to the chase. The best insect repellent for toddlers is a lotion product containing a 20% concentration of the active ingredient Picaridin, such as PROVEN Family Care lotion. www.provenrepellent.com Here’s why. The active ingredient Picaridin is not toxic and is more effective than the alternatives for the longest period of time. Picaridin effectively repels mosquitoes and ticks - the two most dangerous disease-carrying bugs - as well as irritating flies, chiggers, gnats, fleas and other biting insects. Picardin products can be effective for 12-14 hours meaning you only need to apply to your toddler once a day – any toddler parent will agree that is a plus. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends Picaridin as a top repellent for protecting against mosquito species that spread Malaria, Zika, Dengue Fever and West Nile. The active ingredient Picaridin has been widely used in Australia and Europe for the last 20 years but is a relatively new active ingredient in the US with limited products available. Picaridin is recommended by the CDC, WHO and EPA as an effective insect repellent for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, chigger and many other insects and is also safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women and babies 2 months of age or older. Our favorite Picaridin product is PROVEN Family Care Lotion (www.provenrepellent.com) because it is non-toxic AND is SO effective against all the bugs we worry about - mosquitoes ticks, black flies, chiggers and gnats, and more. PROVEN Family Care lotion is effective for 14 hours and is the easiest form to apply correctly for proper coverage, especially on children. The lotion is the most effective product on the market, lasting 14 hours. Even better is that by using a lotion on your toddler, you eliminate the inhalation risk of using a spray, particularly compared to toxic repellents using an aerosol sprayer. Aerosols also require dangerous dispersant chemicals to make the product spray. We love that PROVEN Family Care lotion is not greasy or oily, nourishes the skin, and has a sweet baby scent – not the sticky, icky smelling insect repellents we are used to. PROVEN also comes in an [...]
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How to Avoid One of the Biggest Dangers of Adventure Sports - Podcast This podcast departs from our usual content in that we are sharing how to avoid one of the biggest and most dangerous pitfalls of adventure sports. No, not the bike or ski crash. Not getting lost in the wilderness. No sinking boats or parachute failures. None of that. This is how to avoid the most common and dangerous attacks of wildlife! Ya really. Not the big ones, though. The tiny, nefarious, forsaken, ticks and mosquitoes, and biting flies, and the rest. Seriously, this is probably the biggest nuisance and deterrent to people getting out into nature and having fun. Emily Dix joins us to share her love of the outdoors and how her family business is solving the problems of vector born illnesses. No more excuses! Click here to listen to the podcast of the interview with Emily Dix. Or visit the website from Adventure Sports Podcast http://www.adventuresportspodcast.com/2018/09/ep-416-how-to-avoid-one-of-biggest.html If you want to order PROVEN, click here.
Review by Treeline Backpacker August 15, 2018 I’m yet to meet anyone who wants to be harassed by a mosquito. I’m also yet to meet anyone who wants to smell like bug spray. Luckily, there is something that helps with both of these problems. ‘Proven’ now makes an odorless 14 hour lotion designed to deter a wide variety of insects, without also deterring people. They sent me over some to test, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It’s pretty straightforward as far as products goes. It relies on Saltidin (picaridin) as a repellent, but unlike other sprays and lotions that have a very strong scent, this one seems to be barely detectable at all. I’m not exactly sure how they pulled that off, but it applies easily and is completely invisible. It also holds up well under sunny, sweaty conditions. It’s formulated with aloe for a little moisturizing boost, which I found nice, but it doesn’t come across as greasy like some others I’ve tried. It does do a decent job of softening the skin, although I wouldn’t use it as a fully body solution (wrist and ankles is how I tested it and also how I recommend using it). It’s non-toxic, but still works against mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies and more. It’s also DEET free, so it won’t dissolve nylons or other backpacking gear. I definitely recommend the lotion as it seems like last for several hours, but it does also come in a spray format. There is also a lightly scented versions if that’s your thing (not my thing), but I’m yet to try that one. Overall, it works, it doesn’t stink, and doesn’t make me feel all slimy when I wear it. It’s priced pretty well too, at between $8 and $12 depending on the size and format, which is pretty standard. More information For more information on Proven and their wide range of products check out their website, https://provenrepellent.com/ (not an affiliate link) For information on our rating system and our testing procedures, check out our About us/ Contact us page. I want to extend a huge thanks to Proven for providing this product for review. We couldn’t do it without their help. Our full disclosure can be found here. Thanks as always for reading! Don’t forget to follow our blog for future updates and reviews. If you have any questions, comment below, send us an email, or find us on Twitter or Facebook (links on the right). Read the full article here.
Safely enjoy the outdoors with up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks Kansas City – Proven Repellent introduces a new range of health conscious and highly effective insect repellent sprays and lotions. The product line utilizes the active ingredient Saltidin (Picaridin), which is recommended by the EPA, Word Health Organization and CDC as an effective repellent against mosquito-borne illnesses. With a 20% concentration of Saltidin, Proven is more effective and longer-lasting than higher concentrations of DEET— but non-toxic. Made in the USA by EPA-approved factories, Proven provides 12-14 hours of protection against disease-carrying insects without the concern of harmful side effects. Proven insect repellents are safe for populations that tend to be most vulnerable to diseases transferred by mosquito and tick bites: women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, babies two months and older and elderly people. Proven lotion is the preferred new insect repellent for children and face application as there is no chance of inhalation and lotion has the longest duration of protection at 14 hours. The repellents are planet and people friendly while also protecting against a broad spectrum of biting insects. Proven repellents have been tested to effectively repel mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, biting flies, stable flies, ants, gnats, chiggers, sand flies and no-see-ums. Recently there has been warranted concern about certain varieties of ticks and mosquitoes known to carry deadly and debilitating diseases. Proven repellents protect from species carrying Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya,West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Powassan Virus and tick-borne Encephalitis. Saltidin’s molecular structure is modeled after piperidine, a colorless organic compound found in the black pepper plant. While derived from natural and plant-based origins, it’s a manufactured ingredient. Saltidin has near-ideal cosmetic properties and is compatible with skin, textiles, gear and plastic materials. Despite it’s known efficacy, DEET is a toxic chemical. Proven is non-toxic, gentle on skin and harbors none of the adverse impacts to the nervous system that DEET can have. Additionally, the repellency lasts for 12 hours in the spray and 14 hours in the lotion, so there is limited need for reapplication. For those outdoor enthusiasts worried about their gear, Proven is gear-safe and will not melt or damage plastics like DEET can. “We understand that many people prefer all-natural products when available. However, if they aren’t effective, the tendency is to return to DEET,” said Emily Dix, Operations Manager at Proven. “In the current environment, when insect-borne illnesses are on the rise, we wanted to come to the table with a truly effective repellent that was still mindful of health. Something we would want to put on our own bodies and our children’s. When we began developing Proven, we kept coming back to the idea of ‘worry-free outdoor enjoyment’. Remove the worry of disease, remove the worry of toxic exposure, remove the worry of being pestered and eaten by annoying insects, if nothing else. Enjoy the best parts of being outdoors. The testing and proven efficacy [...]
5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and how to make yourself less attractive to bugs Have you ever felt like every mosquito within ten square miles comes buzzing straight for you as soon as you step outside? We are often asked why mosquitoes prefer some humans over others. Well, it all comes down to how good you smell (or bad, depending on your perspective). Mosquitoes have very acute receptors in their antennae and heads that can detect human scents up to 100 feet away. Scents are one of the primary indicators mosquitoes use to identify their prey. It’s actually only female mosquitoes bite. The females need the protein found in blood to produce their eggs. Some species have a preference for human blood like the Anopheles gambiae, which can carry and spread Malaria. Other species prefer bird blood, but most of them will accept any blood they can find. And we humans are big, slow and smelly targets that are easy to find. Here are the top 5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and tips for minimizing your scent to these blood-thirsty pests. 5 human scents that attract mosquitoes Carbon dioxide – mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, both the scent and the amount. There are many sources of CO2 in nature, so it isn’t just the carbon dioxide that attracts mosquitoes. Every time we exhale, we release chemicals like lactic acid, octenol, uric acid and fatty acids that combine with CO2 to form our own unique carbon dioxide cocktail. This combination of scents is what clues mosquitoes that there is a human target nearby. And some of these particular combinations are more attractive to mosquitoes. Additionally, the more CO2 we emit, the easier we are to recognize. The scent and amount of carbon dioxide you exhale is unique to you and your genetics, and unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to change your attractiveness other than mask your scent. Larger people exhale more CO2, which is why adults are more likely to be bitten than children. Pregnant women also exhale above average amounts and are therefore more attractive to mosquitoes. Body odor – Bacterial colonies combined with sweat generate that sweet (if you’re a mosquito) human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless; with the bacteria, our sweat is one of the more attractive scents for mosquitoes, particularly the malaria-carrying Anopheles gambiae, which prefers to bite humans. There are measures you can take like washing regularly to reduce body odor; however be careful of fragrant perfumes and scents that can also draw mosquitoes. Fresh sweat is not as attractive because it has not combined with bacteria. Secretions – About 80% of us are “secretors” or people who secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through their skin and indicate blood type. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors. Once again, your classification as a secretor or non-secretor is determined by [...]
As the Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas—and with hundreds of imported cases here in the United States—here’s what every American needs to know about the virus and their risk. 1. Why is there no treatment for Zika? There are no approved drugs or vaccines for Zika, mainly because scientists long assumed the virus was so benign that it wasn’t worth the resources required to investigate treatment. Zika has not been widely examined, and while some early research noted that the virus could infect brain cells, the connection between Zika and microcephaly—a severe neurological birth defect—is relatively new. Even now, many people who get infected will never know it, and if they start showing signs of infection, such as a rash, red eyes, fever or joint pain, doctors have little to offer other than advice to stay hydrated or take Tylenol as needed. 2. How can I find out if I have it? Right now there are no commercial diagnostic tests for Zika, so unless you’re pregnant or are a traveler with symptoms, your doctor may not test you. That’s because of the high volume of blood samples already waiting to be tested, which right now can be done only by state and federal health authorities. Getting results can take weeks, and tests for people who have traveled to Zika-affected areas but do not have symptoms will likely be considered low priority. An exception is pregnant women who have traveled to one of the 44 countries where Zika has spread—all of them should be tested, according to the CDC. For each test, a doctor will send a sample to a state or federal lab. There’s also a test that looks for antibodies in blood that show whether a person’s immune system has ever fought the virus, but it’s imperfect; it can mistake Zika for similar viruses like dengue and chikungunya. 3. Who is most at risk? Pregnant women who live in or have traveled to Zika-infested regions are vulnerable to the most serious complications from the virus: birth defects. Zika can also be transmitted through sex, though, which spreads the risk of infection to the bedroom. People living in Southern states and Hawaii—where the climate, geography and the presence of A. aegypti mosquitoes make eventual local transmission likely—are not currently at high risk of getting the virus in their home states, according to the CDC. “The one exception is that if their partner has been traveling to an area of Zika transmission, there is a risk of sexual transmission,” says Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC’s Birth Defects branch. Over time that risk may be enough to encourage U.S. women of childbearing age to consider using birth control. 4. What should I do to protect myself from Zika? Use Proven Insect Repellent spray or lotion. Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to prevent Zika, and while that may seem obvious, it can take some work. If [...]
No one wants to think about ticks. They’re creepy, hideous, and spread diseases. That’s the reason why you should be aware of to them. In the United States, ticks are responsible for spreading potentially-life threatening infectious diseases, some of which can trigger not just chills, nausea, and a fever, but also neurological problems and even death. The most infamous of these infections is Lyme disease—according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. And while the rates have steadily increased since the 1990s, thousands of Lyme disease cases may go unreported. Please be informed how ticks look like, where they are located, and what to do if one bites onto you. 1. Ticks are not insects Ticks are actually arachnids, which means they’re more closely related to spiders than they are to flies or mosquitos. Ticks even look a lot like spiders: They have four pairs of legs, no antennae, and—importantly—don’t fly or jump. Instead, ticks camp out on blades of grass or other foliage, where they wait for a human or animal to come to them. It’s a strategy called “questing”: By using their third and fourth pairs of legs for stability, they stretch out their first set of legs and latch onto the unsuspecting host; from there, some ticks might crawl around until they find a thin area of skin near a small blood vessel, where it's easier to extract blood. 2. Only a few types of ticks spread diseases in the U.S. Scientists have identified thousands of tick species across the world, but only a handful or so really cause us trouble in the U.S. The blacklegged tick (or “deer tick”) is infamous in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest because it spreads Lyme disease, an infection that can eventually cause joint pain, inflammation of the brain, and more. The Rocky Mountain woodtick is another dangerous critter that gets its name from its natural habitat; it, along with the American dog tick and brown dog tick (both found across the country) can infect people with a potentially fatal disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 3. If a tick bites you, it’ll probably stick around for a few days “It’s not like a mosquito, which stays on you for a few minutes,” says Peter Krause, MD, a senior research scientist in epidemiology and microbial diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. The first thing the tick will likely do is look for a good spot to find blood. Since some ticks are relatively small, there’s a good chance you won’t notice one’s on you. Next, the tick burrows its creepy little head into your skin, and spits out a cocktail of blood-thinning, skin-numbing, human-immune-system-fighting saliva. Then it’ll likely feed for about 2 to 3 days, and, if it’s a female, can swell up to nearly in double its normal size—which is useful for when it [...]
Sharks, grizzly bears and big cats may strike fear into your heart and brain, but they do not even come close to being the deadliest animals on earth. The world’s deadliest animal is the Mosquito. As you can see mosquitoes are not just annoying little buzzing, biting bloodsuckers, but they also transmit very deadly diseases. In fairness, it is not actually the mosquito that kills you with its probing proboscis, but rather the pathogens that enter your body when the mosquito feeds. Every year about 830,000 people die due to mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria; and we hope to bring increased global awareness of the deadliness of mosquito-borne illnesses.
The active ingredient Saltidin (Picaridin) offers the following advantages when used properly: Highly effective Repellent products with 20 % Saltidin provide up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks Repels a broad range of mosquitoes, flies and ticks Protects reliably against insects and ticks carrying the pathogens of the following diseases: west nile fever, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, lyme disease and meningoencephalitis Extremely safe Suitable for pregnant women Suitable for small children Low absorption Non-hazardous Non-irritant Non-skin-sensitizing Good environmental compatibility Pleasant to use Non-sticky on the skin Non-greasy on the skin Low inherent odor Can be used to produce unscented insect repellents Allows flexible choice of scent for the insect repellent No adverse effect with a wide range of materials Well tolerated by many plastics Easy to use in formulations Invisibly soluble in alcohol-water mixes Microbiologically stable Non-corrosive Colorless No inherent odor Suitable for a very wide range of formulations of insect repellent and the ways in which they are applied We have performed extensive laboratory and field tests to confirm the broad effectiveness of Saltidin. Saltidin is reliable and provides lasting protection against: Mosquitoes Flies Ticks Gnats Horseflies Ants Cockroaches We possess an exhaustive data pack on the active ingredient Saltidin that testifies to the cited properties. Want to find out more? Click here for more scientific information.
Why do mosquito bites itch so badly? And why do they swell?! If you are wondering how such a small insect can cause such incessant itching and swelling, the first thing to know is that mosquitoes don’t actually bite you. Instead, mosquitoes have a long tube attached to their mouth called a proboscis that they stab into their host and use to suck out blood like straw! Mosquitoes also have special hematophagous arthropod saliva in their proboscis. Hematophagous arthropod saliva is a scientific way of saying “spit from a blood-sucking creature with an exoskeleton.” This specific type of saliva has chemicals and proteins in it that prevents blood from clotting. So what do mosquitoes do with their hematophagous arthropod saliva? They inject it into their victim before they start sucking its blood to prevent any clotting while they slurp. Therefore, the itching that you experience after a mosquito bite is your body reacting to the mosquito’s saliva. After detecting the saliva in your system, your body immediately sends antibodies to fight this foreign substance. In essence, you experience an allergic reaction to the mosquito saliva, causing itching and inflammation. Depending on how allergic your body is to mosquito saliva, the swelling and itching can last anywhere from a few hours to a full week.