Summer Health

Mosquitoes are the terror of the outdoors in the summertime, with itchy and burning bites that last for days. Luckily, there are some ways to prevent being bitten or avoid them altogether.

Repel Them With Essential Oils

If you are going to be outside in the summer heat or during a humid day, mosquitoes are probably going to be flying around. You won’t always be able to avoid places where mosquitoes like to live, but you can at least keep them away from your skin.

One way to do this is by using scents they don’t like, in the form of essential oils. Dilute eucalyptus and lemon essential oils with a carrier oil, then apply it to your skin that will be exposed. This should keep them away long enough to enjoy the outdoors without coming back with mosquito bites. Continue reading

They are nasty little creatures that we often don’t see but can make us very sick indeed. We are talking about ticks and how their bite can ruin your day.

We are told not to let the bedbugs bite, but what about ticks? When the weather gets warm, they can come out in droves.

Trees are not just pretty to look at or sit under to get cool; they become places where you can encounter ticks.

Ticks can be either hard or soft shelled. They have several segmented legs like spiders. A tick’s primary source of food is blood. It doesn’t have to be your blood.

They have no particular affinity for humans, but you might be the source of their next meal if you are nearby. Continue reading

Lyme disease is a big concern this year, so everyone should know how to spot ticks and what to do about them. Here is more information about ticks that might be found outdoors.

Where You Can Find Ticks

Before discussing what happens when a tick bites you and how to remove it, you need to know a little more about the basics of ticks.

Ticks are very small insets, often going unnoticed until it bites a person or an animal. They are sometimes as small as a pinhead, so keep that in mind.

This insect is common in the U.S. and will only live outdoors. They are often found in piles of leaves, grass, and shrubs, as well as trees. Forested areas like campsites and hiking trails will see ticks more often. Continue reading