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Field Trip Handy Info Sheet Beating the Bugs
« on: July 31, 2018, 11:23:43 AM »

Field Trip Handy Info Sheet Beating the Bugs     please feel free to add to this list....mary

  Beating the BUGs
 mosquitoes, biting flies, blackflies, horseflies, biting midges, and ticks are most active at dawn or dusk
 all thrive on blood - particularly the females because they need a blood meal to reproduce
 sunlight and light breezes deter swarming & biting bugs
 wasps, hornets, honeybees, and bumblebees sting (vs bite)
 should one land on you, best thing to do is wait for it to fly off

(rather than swat it away) (extremely hard to react this way)
 to help keep ticks away from your bare skin, tuck your shirt in, pull socks over your pant legs, and wear a hat - on light clothing, you can more easily see ticks
 avoid wearing dark-colored clothing
 wear light-coloured clothing (white, khaki, or green) clothing
 bugs can be attracted by bright colours
 bugs can also be attracted - depending on the scent - by perfumes and deodorants
 wear long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants, and closed shoes.

The most successful repellants mask CO2 and lactose emissions given off by people.
Health Canada: Choosing and using a commercial insect repellent
How to make homemade bug spray (cools you down as well) - What you’ll need:
1) Water
2) Witch Hazel - optional - also cooling and anti-inflammatory
3) 2 choices & you can combine them
a) maximum 30 drops of essential oils: tea tree, lavender, citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, mint, vanilla (oil or extract) - please do not under any circumstances, apply any of the other essential oils directly to the skin - they must be diluted; or
b) Avon’s Skin So Soft (original herbal scent) - can be combined with essential oils or used by itself or directly on your skin (without water)

1) Fill a spray bottle (8 oz size is easy to store & carry + fill up later) 1/2 full with cool water.
2) Add the essential oil or oils.
3) Fill up the rest of the spray bottle with Witch Hazel or water.

Spray it on yourself, on your clothing, and inside your car, tent, etc.
 Neem oil - wonderful for your skin - smells garlicky when you first apply it.

Some treatments:
 treat stings with running cold water
 apply vinegar with a cold compress & ice (stings are alkaline, vinegar is slightly acidic)
 a wasp sting is more likely to cause an anaphylactic reaction (vs bees)
 remove the tick as soon as possible
 apply petroleum jelly or alcohol
 grab the tick as close to the skin as you can
 gently pull straight up until all parts are removed (try not to twist or jerk the tick as you’re removing it (mouthparts can break off and remain in your skin))
 once removed, wash the bite & your hands with soap and water
 apply an antiseptic to the bite + a cold compress & ice to reduce swelling


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