W.O.W. – SEASONAL SATURDAY 08/15/15

“Seasonal” – Take a look at how to stay active and make delicious food choices no matter what the temperature is outside.

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Hello dog days of August! And hello to our roommate for the month

The vampire of the insect world: the mosquito.

If any of the following applies to you, you are going to want to continue reading:

  1. You have been told multiple times “oh they [the mosquitoes] just love you! – it’s because you are SO SWEET…”
  2. you have had to wait up stark naked wandering around before falling asleep in order to let your Calamine lotion dry
  3. You have lost at least two sets of sheets to the embarrassing pink stains of Calamine lotion [because the Benadryl made you sleepy]
  4. You have been woken up in the middle of the night in order to itch the additional myriad of bites that seem to have generated while asleep
  5. You have contemplated wearing cloves of garlic around your neck
  6. The day you found quick-dry clear/colorless Calamine lotion at the drug store was an unnaturally exciting day for you
  7. You desperately want to know what it is that spares some people from the hell that is your mosquito-ridden life…

MissFit has some answers!

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart as I came up with those 7 points above from none other than “personal narrative” as we say.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you get bit and then some actions you can take to avoid getting bit!

WHY MOSQUITOES BITE YOU [do the opposite]

  1. You are wearing dark or floral printed clothing
  2. You are standing  near stagnant water [lakes, puddles, dewy grass]
  3. You are wearing scented perfumes, lotions, and cosmetics
  4. You are eating outside with uncovered foods
  5. You are exercising outside [the increased breathing rate causes you to exhale more carbon dioxide and  mosquitoes LOVE carbon dioxide]
  6. You are an adult [related to #5…children emit less carbon dioxide]

SO, YES…

You should wear light-colored, plain clothing, stand in the desert, don’t walk, don’t eat, don’t wear lotion, act like a child, and most importantly, don’t breathe.

OTHER WAYS TO REDUCE BITES

  1. Stay indoors after 5pm
  2. Use essential oil: Lavender, Citronella, Eucalyptus, garlic – hey that garlic clove necklace wasn’t such a bad idea after all…
  3. Plant bug-repellant vegetation around your home: Tan­sies, Marigolds, Cat­nip, Thai Lemon Grass and Cit­ronella Grass *note this will not prevent you getting bitten when you are away from home

If all else fails, build a bat house. Evidently bats eat about 3, 000 mosquitoes a night…

That is your Season Saturday for this month!

Until next time, Stay well!

MissFit

Questions? Comments?

write below or email direct to write.with.ms@gmail.com

 

bat house instructions c/o http://www.michigandnr.com

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