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Using Drones to Combat Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Using Drones to Combat Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus and the Zika virus, are responsible for countless illnesses and deaths each year. Scientists and researchers around the world have discovered a number of different ways to combat these diseases and minimize the population of infected mosquitoes, but there is still room for improvement. Read on to learn more about the most recent method used in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquito-Distributing Drones

Drones are becoming even more popular and useful thanks to their role in controlling the mosquito population and fighting the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses. Drones are now responsible for releasing sterile male mosquitoes into certain areas in order to control the mosquito population and stop the spread of dangerous diseases. The male mosquitoes, which become sterile through the process of radiation, are released and mate with female mosquitoes in that population. The female mosquitoes then lay eggs that never hatch. This prevents the population from growing and consequently, prohibits the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes from growing, as well.

Monitoring Mosquitoes and Areas

When drones aren’t being used to transport sterile mosquitoes, they are being used to monitor areas that are heavily populated with mosquitoes. There are many places where infected mosquitoes breed that scientists and researchers are unable to get to. For example, drones are popular tools for monitoring mosquitoes on islands off the coast of Africa. With limited access in these areas, there is no way to determine the number of mosquitoes that reside there and whether or not they are infected with malaria, West Nile or other mosquito-borne diseases.  Drones have made it possible for researchers to get a closer look into these “off the grid” locations to better monitor and combat the spread of dangerous illnesses with the ability to obtain video footage and images from drone cameras. This is providing more insight into where sterile mosquitoes need to be distributed.

Avoid Mosquito-Borne Diseases with NET effect

NET effect is a revolutionary insect repellent that protects you from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, fleas, gnats, chiggers and no-see-ums so you spend less time worrying about mosquito-borne illnesses and can enjoy the outdoors. NET effect contains DEET and comes in a unique roll-on applicator, so it is safer to apply and more economical because less of the product is wasted when you apply it. With NET effect, there is no mess and it smells great. Visit our website to purchase your own bottle of NET effect today.

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The Third Zika Infection in Texas this Year

The Third Zika Infection in Texas this Year

Earlier this month, health officials reported a Hidalgo County, Texas resident suffered a Zika infection after being bitten by a mosquito. This is the third Texas resident this year to have been locally infected, the second in Hidalgo County and the third individual infected in neighboring Cameron County.

Last year in Texas, six individuals suffered from local transmissions of the Zika virus, with the majority originating from infections abroad. The Texas Department of State Health Services warned residents that the Zika virus remains a threat in the Rio Grande Valley, and has stepped up mosquito surveillance and control efforts in the surrounding areas. Even during the winter months, residents of the surrounding counties need to take precautions against the threat of a Zika infection as temperatures remain high enough for mosquito activity to continue.

Why the Zika Virus is a Major Threat

Pregnant women in Hidalgo and eight other Texas counties are recommended to be tested for Zika once each trimester and to see a doctor if any symptoms arise. A Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, such as fetus microcephaly and brain damage. Recently, research has found that the Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants who were exposed in utero, and a Zika infection has also been linked to hearing loss and vision issues in babies. Although Zika in adults usually causes relatively benign symptoms of fever, the full scope of a Zika infection in fetuses is still being studied.

Take Steps to Protect Your Family

As of December 6, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control has reported 226 Zika infection cases of a local mosquito-borne transmission. Most infections occur in summer months as mosquito activity is high, with Texas and Florida being the most at risk U.S. states for Zika infections. People living in surrounding areas of a reported Zika infection should be on alert and immediately take steps to protect themselves and their family from the virus.

Precautions such as wearing long sleeves and pants, checking window screens for tears and consistently applying mosquito repellent while outdoors can help safeguard against the threat of a Zika infection. Make sure your mosquito repellent contains DEET, the most effective mosquito repelling ingredient. Patrol your property for mosquito prone conditions such as old leaves and debris that have accumulated around the sides of your home. Standing water acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so consider regularly refreshing outdoor water containers and bird baths at least once a week and installing an aeration pump in ponds to continuously circulate the water.

Ward Away Zika Infected Mosquitoes with NET effect Roll-on Mosquito Repellent Zika infection

Don’t let the Zika virus and bugs dissuade you from spending time outdoors with your family and loved ones. Protect yourself with NET effect roll-on mosquito repellent, a safe but powerful way to deter biting insects. NET effect has a citrus smell, easy-to-control applicator, is safe to use on children and pregnant women and contains the primary ingredient DEET. Visit our shop page to purchase your own bottle of NET effect today.

Floridians are Bugging Out When It Comes to Mosquito Control Practices

Floridians are Bugging Out When It Comes to Mosquito Control Practices

Floridians are Bugging Out When It Comes to Mosquito Control Practices

Floridians are Bugging Out When It Comes to Mosquito Control Practices

Since the 1950s, Florida counties have been conducting aerial and ground mosquito control sprays to target communities where high populations of mosquitoes have been detected. Although it’s banned in the European Union, aerial mosquito spraying with the pesticide “naled” is regarded as the best solution for controlling the number of mosquitoes in a large area. When counties announce they plan to conduct an aerial spray many people see the mosquito control chemicals, spraying equipment and methods as a risk to human health and the environment. In recent years, many Floridians have been especially vocal when it comes to mosquito control practices as they find themselves too close to the threatening Zika virus in the mosquito haven that is their home state.

What’s Being Sprayed and is it Dangerous?

According to both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a small amount of administered pesticides does not pose a health risk in the sprayed area. The EPA-approved naled, a non-carcinogenic for humans, and Bti, a bacteria found in soils that produces mosquito larvae killing toxins. Both were found as not harmful to people, animals, crops or the water quality when used as directed. However, at high doses, naled can cause nausea, dizziness, convulsions and respiratory paralysis. The EPA is currently re-evaluating the safety of naled in a routine process, and expects to issue a new human health and ecological risk assessment before the end of 2017.

What’s Happening in the Sunshine State?

When locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus were found in South Florida, home to over 20 million residents, some people embraced the government’s quick action to use aerial mosquito control spraying while others protested. Miami-Dade County residents, mostly from the Wynwood neighborhood, protested at City Hall in September 2016 because of the controversy surrounding naled and claimed that not enough is known about the effects of the pesticide. Earlier in that month, a study had been released showing naled exposed babies born to Chinese mothers had a slight delay in motor functions. Aerial spraying had been made blame for killing thousands of honey bees in Naples, and other areas, when their hives were left uncovered during a spray.

In October of 2017, a whistleblower letter addressed to the Florida Collier County Mosquito Control District’s board of commissioners alleged that faulty mosquito control equipment and procedural oversights may have caused leaks of naled during an aerial spray over residential areas. Citizens in the area voiced their health complaints after the routine aerial spray, which included chest pain, burning skin and eyes and other abnormal complaints symptoms. Dead geese and residents’ goats were mentioned in the letter as well, resulting in an official investigation into what could have gone wrong. The whistleblower claimed in 2016 the cap to an aircraft’s pressure regulator had broken during an aerial spray, causing an unknown amount of naled to leak into the airstream. They also claimed that the cause of the most recent health complaints was due to another leak during a spray after an aircraft’s hose connected to the pesticide had burst.

However, many people embrace state tactics on mosquito control as a good solution to preventing the further transmission of the Zika virus. Zika can have far worse consequences than aerial naled spraying as infected mothers give birth to babies with severe brain damage and microcephaly.  Officials announce aerial and truck spraying well in advance so that residents can take shelter, bring pets and children’s toys indoors before the spraying, keep windows closed and wipe off outdoor furniture and car handles afterwards.

How to Safely Protect Yourself Now – NET effect

While the debate over mosquito control tactics continues, protect yourself and loved ones from mosquitoes and biting insects using the roll-on repellent NET effect. NET effect provides long-lasting protection from biting mosquitoes and lets you get back to enjoying the great outdoors. The citrus smelling roll-on applicator allows you to control exactly how much repellent is applied and the area you cover. Safe for the whole family, NET effect is easy, convenient and available now online.

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How “Killer Mosquitoes” Can Save You from Diseases

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Killer Mosquitoes to the Rescue

MosquitoMate, a biotech company out of Lexington, KY, has discovered a new way to combat mosquito-borne illnesses such as the Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Rather than using genetic engineering, MosquitoMate creates “killer mosquitoes” by infecting lab-grown male mosquitoes with Wolbachia, a common bacterium found in many species of insects. The bacterium does not affect humans or animals and since male mosquitoes do not bite, the killer mosquitoes only pose a threat to other mosquitoes, specifically the female mosquito population carrying infectious diseases.

How Does it Work?

Once infecting the lab-grown mosquitoes with the bacteria, they will be released in hopes of mating with female Asian tiger mosquitoes, which do bite and are known for being most active at dawn and dusk, as well as during daylight hours. The bacterium from the lab-grown male mosquitoes, which the company has named ZAP mosquitoes, affects the eggs of the female mosquito by causing the chromosomes not to form properly and as a result, the eggs don’t hatch. This interrupts the lifecycle of biting mosquitoes and reduces their population. The company’s goal is to eliminate certain populations of mosquitoes that could be carrying harmful diseases, and therefore, reduce the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses to the human population.

Future Outlook

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved MosquitoMate to release their killer mosquitoes in Washington D.C. and these states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Main, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia. The approval lasts five years and MosquitoMate plans to work with homeowners and organizations to release their ZAP mosquitoes. Many southern states were not included in the approval because MosquitoMate did not complete any field trials there, in addition to many densely-populated areas and an overall longer mosquito season. Since it will take millions of killer mosquitoes to suppress the population of mosquitoes in an entire city, the company is starting small and is working to make the process more efficient as they expand.

In the Meantime, Stock Up on NET effect

Since this is still in the early stages of trial, make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes and potentially harmful mosquito-borne illnesses now. NET effect is your solution for long-lasting mosquito protection and comes in a unique roll-on applicator that is not only safer than spray repellents, but it is also easier to carry or travel with. NET effect contains DEET and provides protection from harmful mosquitoes, as well as ticks, biting flies, fleas, chiggers and no-see-ums. To purchase a bottle of NET effect, visit the shop page on our website.

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Preventing West Nile Virus after Hurricane Harvey

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Reducing the Risk of West Nile Virus After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas with extensive rain and flooding that damaged many homes and businesses. With residents working to get their lives back on track, there’s a new danger that health officials are warning people about: a potential increase in mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. Below is the latest on West Nile Virus in Texas and how officials are working to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses following Hurricane Harvey.

Current Status of West Nile Virus in Texas

West Nile is a strong concern in Texas, with over 100 human cases being reported in 2017 and three deaths as a result of the virus. Texas is the second highest state for West Nile cases this year, following only California. With such a high concern over this particular mosquito-borne illness, officials aren’t taking any chances when it comes to mosquito prevention. In particular, more than seven million acres in Texas have been sprayed to prevent a surge of mosquito populations in areas affected by Harvey. Areas around Houston had an increase in mosquitoes right after the storm; however, spraying aerial and ground spraying reduced these numbers. So far, officials have had positive results as there have not been any additional increases in the number of mosquitoes for areas in Texas that were of particular concern; however, they’re not out of the woods yet. Officials will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks to ensure there is not another spike in mosquito populations.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Officials are urging those in areas affected by Harvey to be vigilant in preventing mosquitoes and mosquito bites. While there is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile Virus, the best way to protect yourself and your family from a mosquito-borne illness is to prevent mosquitoes from being drawn to you and the areas around your home. Mosquitoes that spread viruses like West Nile can breed in areas with just small amounts of standing water, for example, in bird baths, clogged gutters or garbage cans and lids. In addition to removing any debris that can cause standing water, here are some additional tips for preventing mosquitoes around your home:

  • Trim vegetation and maintain landscaping, as mosquitoes like to hide out in cool and damp places during the day, such as in bushes and overgrown lawns.
  • Consider adding mosquito-repelling plants to your garden, such as basil, peppermint, lavender or citronella.
  • Fix or replace any broken screens on your home, as mosquitoes can get in through even the tiniest rip or tear.

Prevent Mosquito-Borne Illnesses with NET effect

Keeping mosquitoes out of your yard is helpful, but always remember to use insect repellent when venturing outdoors to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile or the Zika Virus. NET effect is a revolutionary repellent that contains DEET and is safe for the whole family. NET effect comes in a unique and convenient to carry roll-on applicator, so you can apply repellent safely and more efficiently. To order NET effect, visit the Shop page on our website.

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Can Technology Keep Mosquitoes Away?

People try everything to get rid of annoying, biting and potentially dangerous mosquitoes. One idea that is getting some buzz lately is utilizing technologic advances to deter mosquitoes. Ultrasonic mosquito repellent in the form of an easy-to-download smartphone app seems to be the 21st century’s answer to safely keeping mosquitoes away. Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple. Researchers have yet to find substantial evidence to support the claims of many companies that their devices are true ultrasonic mosquito repellents. Below, we explain the most recent findings and conclusions on the effectiveness of ultrasonic mosquito repellents and whether or not you should start downloading these apps.Shazam

The Theories Behind Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellent

In the marketplace, companies promote their ultrasonic mosquito repellents based on different ideas of how to keep mosquitoes away. These apps and devices emit a sound that only mosquitoes can hear. With the exception of some small children, pets and those with especially excellent hearing, these ultrasound waves go completely unnoticed. Companies advertise that their products simulate the sound of either dragonfly or bat wings, the mosquito’s predators, to deter them, or the sound of a male mosquito calling for a mate. This noise would repel biting female mosquitoes because once fertilized, they will avoid any further contact with male mosquitoes.

Debunking the Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellent Theories

Researchers have found that female mosquitoes have very weak hearing compared to that of males, which lessens the effectiveness of ultrasonic mosquito repellents. Also, there is no scientific evidence to prove that females avoid males once fertilized. Furthermore, entomologists have proven that mosquitoes do not vacate an area with active dragonflies. There is also an issue with the level of high-frequency sound being emitted. Studies tested the 10-20kHz ultrasound ranges predominately advertised and found that mosquitoes repeatedly show no effect or determent from bait when the devices are turned on. One study found that not only did mosquitoes persist through the ultrasonic noise, but activity actually increased as the ultrasonic waves seemed to stimulate the mosquitoes.

Think Twice Before Trusting in Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents

The Federal Trade Commission has warned manufacturers and retailers of making claims that their ultrasonic mosquito repellents work. These claims must be supported by scientific evidence which does not yet exist. Don’t be fooled by the idyllic, mosquito-free conditions these advertisers try to offer through simple smartphone apps and electronic devices. The threat of mosquito-borne diseases, such as zika, malaria encephalitis and dengue fever, is very much prevalent across the world and cannot be left to chance with unproven ultrasonic mosquito repellent methods.

Choose the Proven Mosquito Repellent – NET effect

The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to use a scientifically-proven insect repellent that contains DEET, such as NET effect. NET effect is a roll-on mosquito repellent that is completely safe and has a pleasant citrus scent. With a powerful formula, NET effect provides long-lasting protection and piece of mind, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the threat of annoying bites or harmful diseases. Explore our website to learn more and purchase your own bottle of NET effect online today!

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Is West Nile Virus Back on The Rise?

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The Latest on West Nile Virus

The Zika Virus has been a top concern in the U.S. when it comes to mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses. Consequently, concerns of transmitting West Nile Virus have somewhat faded away in recent years. However, West Nile may be on the rise again with multiple cases showing up in 2017. States across the U.S., from Florida and Georgia to California and even Washington, have recently confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. Physicians in upstate New York have also confirmed a case of West Nile this month, which is an extremely rare event in this northern territory. With the rise of West Nile in the U.S., you should be conscious of symptoms and how you can protect yourself and your family from this disease.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus

Mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile are spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 70-80% of people who are infected do not develop any symptoms. Those who do, develop a fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as headache, joint pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Most people recover completely but can have lingering fatigue and weakness that lasts for months. In rare cases, some people develop serious neurological conditions, such as meningitis or encephalitis, which involves swelling of the brain tissue. Symptoms of these illnesses include headache and high fever, as well as neck stiffness, disorientation and seizures.

Take Necessary Precautions

Many high-risk cities continue to monitor cases of mosquito-borne illnesses and take action to reduce the number of mosquitoes that are found in the area. However, it is important that families and individuals take additional precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of acquiring West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Here’s how you can prevent mosquito bites and decrease the number of mosquitoes around your home:

  • Empty and clean bird baths and outdoor pet bowls a few times a week
  • Drain water from garbage cans after a heavy rain
  • Ensure gutters are kept clean and free of debris to prevent the accumulation of water
  • Remove old tires, buckets, flower pots and other items from your yard you aren’t using that collect water
  • Repair broken and ripped screens on your home to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, especially in areas prone to mosquitoes, such as wooded areas and near bodies of water
  • Use mosquito netting when camping

Keep Your Insect Repellent On Hand This Fall

Even though summer has officially come to an end, many states are experiencing warmer than usual temperatures this fall, which means mosquitoes can still remain active and pose a threat to people across the U.S. The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to use an insect repellent that contains DEET, such as NET effect. NET effect is a roll-on insect repellent that provides satisfactory protection from mosquitoes without the unpleasant experience that can come from spray-on repellents. NET effect smells better, feels better and is safer than other repellents. Protect yourself from West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by purchasing NET effect today.

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Can the Zika Virus Cause Neurological Issues in Adults?

When it comes to the Zika virus, the scariest aspect of the disease are the things we still do not know. Since the virus was first discovered in the 1940s, researchers have been uncovering its devastating effects on the brains of developing children and fetuses. In recent years, the Zika virus has drastically expanded into the Americas, and now new studies are showing its potential neurological effects on adults. Below, we dive into what we now know about this mosquito-borne disease, and how to best protect yourself and your loved ones.

Zika’s Biggest Known Threats

Typically, Zika virus symptoms are fairly mild and resemble those of the common cold, so the infection can go unnoticed. Zika poses the biggest threat to pregnant woman, as it causes birth defects and pregnancy problems such as microcephaly, where an infant’s head is underdeveloped. Many Zika infected pregnancies have resulted in severe microcephaly where the skull has even partially collapsed, as well as damage to the back of the eyes, decreased brain tissue, limited joint function and muscle tone restriction. In adults, Zika can cause paralysis and muscle weakening of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome temporarily attacks the peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, leaving some people reliant on respirators for breathing.

What We Are Discovering About Zika

Not only can Zika inflict neurological issues onto developing children, but the virus can also cause serious brain issues in adults. A recent study found that Zika infected adults experienced swelling of the brain and spinal cord, and a coating around their nerve fibers. The study found that the Zika virus attacks brain cells that are specifically vital to learning and memory. This can lead to serious, long-term neurological issues that scientists have compared to those experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease.how mosquitoes spread diseases

How to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus

If you are living in an environment where there have been cases of Zika, be sure to regularly get tested and see your doctor if experiencing any symptoms. Once someone is infected with the Zika virus, they are likely to develop an immunity and be guarded from future Zika infections. Those with weak immune systems are especially at risk of its harsher effects, and should take extra precaution. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus is to ward away the disease carrying mosquitoes. NET effect roll-on mosquito repellent provides long-lasting protection from biting insects with 20% DEET. Proven to guard from biting mosquitoes, NET effect provides piece-of-mind at a time when the Zika virus could be anywhere. Our powerful formula deters mosquitos by affecting their ability to find their next target. NET effect is easy to apply with a unique roll-on applicator and citrus scent that is safe to use on children. Browse through our website and visit our online store to get your bottle of NET effect today.

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How to Repel Fall Insects and Home Invaders

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Easy Methods that Repel Fall Insects

Many people get excited for fall because of cooler temperatures and colorful foliage. However, the change in season also tends to bring a change in insect habits. Don’t let fall insects bring you down this season. Instead, learn how you can repel fall insects before they make their way into your home and become a nuisance. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on chemicals and sprays to keep insects out. Many plants and essential oils are effective in repelling a number of different insects, including insects that are especially annoying in the fall. Below are some simple ways to repel fall insects without having to put in too much time, money and effort.

Stink Bugs

If you live in an area prone to these insects, you know how annoying (and stinky) they can be. Stink bugs typically begin to find their way inside of homes in the fall in order to seek shelter from the winter, where they spend the entire season hiding inside of walls or attics. In order to prevent them from becoming active and emerging into your living space in the spring, make sure they can’t get inside of your home in the fall. To avoid pesticide, try spraying the exterior of your home with a mixture of dish soap and hot water. You can also use this inside around windows or doors for added defense.

Lady Beetles

Like stink bugs, lady beetles are common fall pests that seek the warmth and shelter of your home during the colder fall and winter months. There are multiple ways to repel lady beetles without the use of harmful pesticides. These insects do not like the scent of bay leaves, citrus or citronella and even mums. So before fall, consider planting garden mums around windows and entrances to your home if possible or grow bay leaves in pots indoors. Also, a mixture of citrus-scented essential oil and some water can be spray around your home to repel them. If lady beetles do find their way inside, it is important not to crush or swat at them, as this can cause them to leave yellow stains on things inside of your home. Instead, vacuum them up so you can easily and safely dispose of them.

Roaches

Roaches are attracted to moisture and food residue. They are typically found near pipes or drains, so keeping the kitchen and bathrooms in your home clean and sanitized is crucial for avoiding a roach problem. However, it’s never a bad idea to take extra precautions, especially when it comes to roaches. Similar to lady beetles, they do not like the scent of bay leaves. To repel fall insects and roaches, you can crush a handful of bay leaves and sprinkle the powder in areas where they are prone to be nesting, such as under sinks and near bathtubs. Lemon juice and lemon peels also act as a roach repellent. If roaches have entered your home, you can kill them with a mixture of fabric softener and water. Simply squirt them with the solution when you see them roaming around in your home. The thick solution will suffocate them because they breathe through their skin.

Ants

There are many different kinds of ants that can be found in homes during the fall, and just about everyone has had the displeasure of dealing with them at some point. Although they are nuisance, they can also damage the structure of your home if you have a serious infestation. Natural repellents for ants include lemon juice, cinnamon and peppermint. If you enjoy planting herbs, add some peppermint to your collection, which can be grown both inside and outside. Pure lemon juice and cinnamon or peppermint essential oils can also be sprayed around the openings of your home. Not only will ants be deterred, your home will smell nice, as well!

Repel Fall Insects from You, Too

Now you know how to repel fall insects from your home, but don’t forget about keeping yourself safe. NET effect is a roll-on insect repellent that protects you from common fall insects, such as biting flies, fleas and gnats. It also protects you from mosquitoes, no-see-ums, chiggers and deer ticks during warmer months, as well. NET effect contains DEET, which is the most effective ingredient for repelling insects because it interferes with their sensors. Unlike other spray and aerosol repellents, NET effect is a safe and economical solution for repelling insects. Visit our online store to purchase your own bottle today!

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The Latest News on the Zika Vaccine

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Preventing the Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been a serious cause for concern in recent years, especially for pregnant women who become infected with the virus. It is mainly known for causing birth defects where the brain and head do not develop properly, leading to hearing and vision impairment and learning disabilities. Additionally, the Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases, it can cause heart problems and trigger an attack of the body’s nerves that could lead to paralysis. With all of these concerns, it’s no wonder that people around the world are anxiously anticipating a Zika vaccine that put’s their worries to rest, and thanks to the success of animal trials by the scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a Zika vaccine is one step closer to becoming a reality.

A Background of the Zika Vaccine

The vaccine, developed by the NIAID Vaccine Research Center, is an experimental DNA vaccine designed to protect against disease caused by the Zika virus. The vaccine contains a plasmid, a small piece of DNA, which is encoded with two proteins found on the Zika virus. Once injected, the proteins create particles that replicate the Zika virus, triggering the immune system to respond. The vaccine cannot cause an actual Zika infection because the proteins are non-infectious. In its initial testing, the vaccine proved to be safe and successful in prompting an antibody response against the Zika virus.

What’s Next?

Now that the vaccine has proved to stimulate an immune system response to Zika, NIAID plans to enroll approximately 2,500 participants for the next phase to determine if the vaccine can prevent diseases that are caused by the Zika virus. The participants will come from areas that have been exposed to the Zika virus, but the participants themselves must by adolescents or adults who have never been infected with the virus. Some of the participants will receive the vaccine and others will receive a placebo in order to determine whether or not the vaccine is effective in preventing Zika-related diseases.

How Can You Prevent the Zika Virus Now?

While you wait for a Zika vaccine to be readily available, the best way to prevent the Zika virus is with an insect repellent that contains DEET. NET effect is a roll-on insect repellent that is trusted by people around the world to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the Zika virus. Thanks to its unique roll-on applicator, NET effect goes on easier and is safer than other spray insect repellents. With NET effect, you’ll get the protection of a DEET insect repellent without any of the hazards or discomforts that are associated with spray repellents. To purchase your own supply of NET effect, visit the shop page on our website today.