Blend 1: Combine 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, 3 drops peppermint, and 1 drop thyme. Add to 8 oz water and spray on using a fine mist bottle.
Blend 2: Add 2-3 drops of patchouli to 2 oz distilled water in a small spray bottle, shake well and mist onto skin or into small openings where bugs may come through.
Sixteen counties in California currently have reported West Nile Virus activity, with Kern County reporting one human with the virus.
Symptoms of the virus can include body aches, diarrhea, headaches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. People who develop the illness and show symptoms typically begin feeling ill between 5 to 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus.
The West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk of acute illness is low for most people. About 80 percent of people won’t have symptoms at all.
However, some individuals can develop much more serious problems, such as neurological illnesses like encephalitis or meningitis. Those who suffer from diabetes, hypertension, and are over who are over the age of 50 are at higher risk of developing complications.
Empty any containers with standing water where mosquitoes will breed. If you’re outside in the morning hours or evening be sure to wear insect repellant.