Epic Mosquito Season and Reemergence of Dengue Fever in Florida are Potent Reminders to Stay Protected with Insect Shield

EPA-registered, Insect Shield apparel repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges/no-see-ums. Repellency lasts through 70 launderings.

SEATTLE, WA - The wet spring followed by hot, summer weather throughout the US has resulted in an explosion of mosquitoes throughout the country. In addition, a recent outbreak of Dengue fever in Florida has heightened awareness about the dangers of insect bites and insect-borne disease. Dengue re-emerged in the United States in 2009 in Key West for the first time since 1934. This year, cases continue to occur in Key West. Most of us have never heard of Dengue fever, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), Dengue is the most common vector-borne viral disease in the world, causing an estimated 50 - 100 million infections and 25,000 deaths each year. Dengue has been detected in parts of Florida including Key West for the first time since 1934. The brutal mosquitoes this summer and the existence of Dengue in the US are good wake-up calls reminding us to stay protected from insects with traditional topical repellents and clothing such as Insect Shield Repellent Apparel.

The reemergence of Dengue in Florida is an important reminder of our vulnerability to the risk of mosquito-borne disease. Fortunately there's a lot that people can do to protect themselves from Dengue, and other diseases like West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, while still enjoying the outdoors. According to the CDC, the use of an effective insect repellent on exposed skin as well as clothing treated with permethrin can allow you and your family to reduce the risk of mosquito bites but still have a fun and healthy outdoor lifestyle. The CDC website, www.cdc.gov, has info about Dengue and how to protect yourself.

"Many people are surprised to learn that mosquito activity in most parts of the country peaks in September or October," says Jason Griffin, Insect Shield Executive Vice President. "Populations grow and multiply throughout the summer months and will not begin to decline until temperatures drop significantly," Griffin adds.

Here are some bug protection tips from Insect Shield to get you through the remainder of the bug season:

Personal protection: Around the home
- Keep window and door screens in good condition
- Replace white porch lights with yellow light bulbs - they attract fewer insects
- Empty garden buckets, kids wading pools, planters and other containers - mosquitoes breed in standing water
- Clean clogged gutters
- Change pet-watering dishes and rinse birdbaths often
- Do not place lawn clippings or leaves into drainage ditches/storm drains - this blocks the flow of water and allows mosquito breeding near your home
- Use repellents such as Insect Shield clothing and topical sprays to stay protected when outdoors - especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most prevalent

Mosquito Protection for the Entire Family
Insect Shieldr clothing repels a variety of insects including mosquitoes and ticks that can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and Dengue Fever. The protection is invisible, odorless and long-lasting (through 70 washings). Insect Shield technology is EPA-registered, can be worn or used by infants, children of all ages, and women who are pregnant or nursing.

About Insect Shield Technology:
In July 2003, Insect Shield introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shieldr Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shieldr Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects. For more information visit:


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