Summertime is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also a
time when we become more vulnerable to bites from dangerous bugs and animals.
Some bites transmit dangerous diseases, while other bites are simply poisonous.
We’ve compiled a few resources to help you take precautions and
stay safe during the warm weather from some of these critters.
We often see them as a mere itchy annoyance, but in fact mosquitos are
the most lethal animals in the world, killing more than
1 million people worldwide each year by transmitting various diseases, according to the World Health Organization.
Malaria alone threatens nearly half of the world, and while we don’t
fear that particular disease here in the U.S., mosquito bites threaten
us with a number of infections, including West Nile virus, encephalitis,
and the horrible Zika virus.
This article in Prevention Magazine offers some helpful do’s and don’ts when it comes to protecting
against the mosquito menace. The CDC also
offers this advice. Writing at Slate, science journalist Daniel Engber offers a
much more radical plan: “I hold a special reservoir of bile for the flying hypodermic needles
that harbor this pathogen [the Zika virus], the flies that shuttle it
from one country to another, spreading bioterror in their wake. I’m
mad at the mosquitoes, and it’s time to give ’em hell.”
In many ways, ticks can be just as menacing as mosquitoes, in part because
these parasitic creatures can live and feed on us for days undetected.
Most people have heard of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever—two
of the most common tickborne diseases—but the list of other possible
diseases is actually
For tips on how to keep yourself safe from ticks this summer, check out
this article from Lymedisease.org, as well as this one from
We’ll continue our list in a subsequent post. In the meantime,
check out our post here sharing more tips for keeping kids safe during the summer.
If you suffer from an insect-borne illness and feel your medical treatment
has done more harm than good, our
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