I recall about a year ago the “Church in the Park” people handed out insect repellent to local homeless people, which was much appreciated, one of my suggestions. I’ve been homeless, so I know about that kind of suffering.
Near the end of last summer after a storm and heavy rain, I began to have a problem with flying insect bites, especially along 24th SW between Lindsey and Main here in Norman, Oklahoma, when riding my bicycle or walking along there (usually to go to Walmart), the worst where the creek crosses at the bottom of the hill about halfway.
This summer it is worse, and nearly everywhere outside at ground level. By the way, one of the advantages of living in a 2nd floor apartment compared to ground floor is most mosquitoes and biting gnats don’t swarm that high – about 10% compared to about 90% at ground level I estimate.
I started out buying the cheapest insect repellent. It failed. So I bought the best there is (so far as I know) “Deep Woods OFF!” with more DEET than any other option, plus additional active ingredients. It too has failed. I drenched my exposed arms this morning when walking over to nearby Dollar General. The biting gnats are presently worse than the mosquitoes, going after my face, eyes, ears, neck, arms, and top of hands. I got bit. It was as if the spray had no effect at all.
So I wonder if insects have adapted or become immune to DEET (and other active ingredients). I’ve also wondered if it now attracts them. Who knows, maybe they like it so much now that they get high off of it. If DEET is failing now, no longer effective for all people, then a new way to repel and kill biting insects is needed. If you hear of anything new on the market, or old home remedies, and confirmation by people you know that it works well for most people, please let me know. [Readers please use Comments under this posting. Writers may reblog this posting.] Handing out DEET to homeless this summer might be a waste of money, and if so, and if nothing better found, then it will be especially rough for most homeless people. My heart goes out to them. I will pray for them.
The body chemistry of some people make them less attractive to insects, and rarely if ever get bit. Others like me attract them like a magnet. There’s also a matter of what a person has consumed in beverages or food that then shows up in sweat to attract insect bites, as well as the smell of what a person is wearing.
Some people believe in global warming – climate change, and some do not. Most of either side agree some parts of the country (and world) are having longer summers, warmer summers, and wetter summers, ideal for causing a major increase in the insects population. Floods and standing water. Bad for humans. Especially the insects that carry disease and spread disease via bites. With failing treatments, and a failing health care system in which greed rules like a vulture culture, the situation could become very bad.
Revelation 9:3-6King James Version (KJV)…
3. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Decades ago, mosquito nets hung over beds to encase them were necessary. Today they are more decorational than functional and are expensive. I did a search for them first in 2011 with the first of two invasions of bedbugs at Bishop’s Landing Apartments I lived at back then on the east side of Norman near Oklahoma University. As I was walking through Walmart one day, I happened to notice a dome tent on display. I bought one large enough to enclose a queen size air bed (double thick mattress) with built in pump, and I added a small side table. Bedbugs were not able to penetrate the tent including windows mesh netting, as long as it is closed up. If bedbugs got on the outside then at that time Raid Bedbug spray would kill the visible adults on contact, but residue would not stop late arrivals, and would not kill their eggs – only the expensive heat treatment done by the landlord killed their eggs. Also, bedbugs can’t penetrate the material of most airbed mattresses – probably same for waterbeds. Anyway, after defeating the bedbugs, I continued to use the tent like a mosquito net for the bed, sleeping at night during summers, and added a small TV, digital clock, and lamp – cord through a special flap that keeps bugs out. A dome tent can be set up inside without ground spikes to hold it. Kinda fun too, like camping inside. A neighbor of mine back then had another solution, and that was to buy the door nets with the magnet closings, hung on front door and bedroom door. He later reported those work reasonably well, and not too expensive.
Keep in mind, your pets can become targets to, for a variety of insects, and will also need special care – for them as well as making sure they do not bring bugs into your home that catch a ride on their bodies. Further, make sure they have plenty of water – especially if outside (and plenty of shade). By this coming weekend, June 17-18, the heat index (what it feels like) here could reach 100F.
Reported by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
Monday – 12 June 2017