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Go Natural to Beat the Bugs

It doesn’t have to be you OR the mosquitoes in your backyard this summer and fall.

Combining eco-friendly mosquito control methods in your yard with natural topical repellents will help create a safe, protective environment for summer fun.

Arkadia’s green mosquito control service in NJ is an insect-prevention method that employs a botanical spray process delivered across your yard. A spray device used by Arkadia’s licensed technicians releases botanical oil that will safely repel and control the mosquitoes that invade your space. As always, Arkadia's Green Pest Control in NJ is rated number 1 in the state for residential green insect pest solutions.

Additional precautions can help keep mosquitoes at bay:

Get rid of standing water in your yard. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends dispersing or draining any recent rainwater that has collected in gutters, buckets, furniture covers, kids' toys, or any other containers. Make sure bird bath or fountain water is changed at least once a week or keep water circulating. Cover your swimming pool.

Plant marigolds. Marigolds emit a natural odor that deters and repels mosquitoes.

Install a ceiling fan. A fan on your porch or above your patio will keep air circulating and prevent mosquitoes from landing on you. Repellent lanterns use fan-dispersion technology to disperse an “all natural spray” that repels mosquitoes within a 15-foot radius.

Use botanical oils. Combine lemon and eucalyptus oils and mix them for a customized natural protection lasting up to six hours. According to Consumer Reports, the mix is safer than DEET, a synthetic repellent that has tested well for excellent repellency in some studies, but causes some researchers to have health concerns.

How you use any topical repellent matters. Apply to all exposed skin and reapply after swimming or sweating.

Then sit back, relax and have fun!


Safe in the Sun? Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreens are Tops

All sunscreens are not created equal. Choosing the best protection is important. Though more research and more specific FDA guidelines are important to reduce the risk and maximize the sun protection of mineral sunscreens, here’s why they generally come out on top:

Chemical free – Mineral sunscreens use natural titanium and zinc that act like a mirror to reflect rays away. Most traditional sunscreens, however, use a cocktail of chemicals that absorb the sun’s rays into your skin and can even get into your bloodstream, Goddess Garden CEO Nova Covington says.

Broad-spectrum protection – Zinc oxide provides natural broad-spectrum protection from both UVB (burning) rays, as well as the UVA (aging and damaging rays).

Immediate, long-lasting protection – Mineral sunscreens are immediately effective. Traditional synthetic sunscreens require chemicals complete their reaction on your skin before they can work. Plus, liquid plastic or toxins are required to keep chemicals from breaking down in sunlight.

Sensitive skin friendly – Since natural minerals reflect the UV rays and aren’t absorbed into the skin, they are much less likely to cause irritation. Sunscreen chemicals can trigger allergies and other skin reactions.

Gentle on Mother Nature – Chemical sunscreens like octinoxate and oxybenzone are damaging the coral reefs that provide homes for 25% of all ocean life and are disappearing twice as fast as rainforests. Mineral sunscreens are earth-friendly. Once you’ve had your fun in the sun, they can safely return to earth, Covington says.

Till next month.

Barbara Mannino
Eco Advocate Writer/Editor
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