Your Air Conditioner Could Save You from the Zika and West Nile Virus
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The latest scare for pregnant women in the South Florida area is that of getting bit by a mosquito that carries the Zika virus.
When you live in this region, it's particularly frightening because we always have to deal with bugs and mosquitoes that are the worst. But did you know that your air conditioning unit prevents you from the potential of getting bit by one of these common household pests?
By keeping your doors and windows shut you prevent these creatures from invading your home. The Center for Disease Control is suggests that you wear long sleeves and long pants to protect yourself from getting bit. You can do additional things to protect yourself, such as spray your screens with mosquito repellent in the morning and at night. They recommend a product that has a strong concentration of DEET-based products, but if you’d rather keep it safe, organically use a large amount of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil mixed with witch hazel. One-part oil to 10-part witch hazel. And re-apply every three hours. This organic mixture is found to be effective for most people.
Your air conditioner will be a welcome feature in your home to protect you from swarms of insects. By keeping the screens treated and the windows closed you lesson your chance of getting bit by these nasty biters.
South Florida has a large tourist community, but is also an area where many people are traveling in and out of the country. Places like Brazil and Venezuela have been two countries that have reported cases of the Zika virus as an origin. It only makes sense when traveling to these countries to take extra precaution, especially for pregnant women. But we also have to do what we can to prevent the spread of the virus when it’s on our own soil.
For more important information on what you can do to protect your family and loved ones against this new infection, please visit the CDC by clicking on the link here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/
By keeping your air conditioner running you’ll be more comfortable during hot and increment weather, but you’ll also be preventing the bugs from coming in and joining you.
Although there have been no cases reported with children or elderly people from being infected, it’s our responsibility to be pro-active and take every measure in protecting our loved ones.
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