Summer isn't over yet! With high temperatures still plaguing most of the U.S., mosquitoes and other pests are still proving to be problematic as they thrive in hot, wet weather conditions. Many of us are still spending the last few weeks of the summer season outside leaving us vulnerable to bug bites and possible infection.
Summer's heavy downpours lead to an increase in mosquito breeding grounds established in stagnant water such as bird baths, clogged rain gutters, puddles, and swamps. But did you know that early Fall is more problematic? According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, "the mosquitos that bite [in early Fall] are the most dangerous kind, and it’s just about the same time bug repellent is cast aside for pumpkins and Halloween candy. Mosquitoes that tolerate the dry and cooler fall weather tend to be the mosquitoes that transmit disease, like West Nile virus."
It's important to protect yourself and your gear this Fall as well! Sawyer offers a full line of insect repellent including MAXI-DEET® Insect Repellent for areas of extreme bug density. Sawyer’s exclusive low-odor DEET formula protects exposed skin areas against mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, gnats and ticks and the diseases they carry.
Not only does Sawyer offer insect repellent safe for your skin, but they've engineered a repellent specifically designed for your clothes, tents and other gear. Sawyer Permethrin not only repels insects, they actually kill ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. The naturally occurring version breaks down rather quickly in sunlight but Sawyer’s pharmaceutical grade, synthetic Permethrin can last 6 weeks or 6 washings on clothing and other fabrics, making it a fantastic odorless barrier of protection from mosquitoes and ticks.