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Some Really Handy Products


I saw these ads on Facebook a couple of days ago and thought they were a fantastic idea.
The first one is an Electronic Mosquito Killer/Bug Zapper, USB Powered Silent Non-toxic UV LED Mosquito Lamp with Built in Fan Mosquito Catcher Trap for Baby Good Sleep. (Their words). For me I think its a brilliant idea. I have not seen one before and maybe they have been around a while but for me its a first time. Its product name is FANXIAOKJ. It is advertised for US$18.99 . I think they are about AUD $30. They can be bought on Amazon

 

The second one is the Travelon Bag Bungee– If you are like me you travel a lot and find that extra hand bag for travel on board, is a pain in the butt and this bungee is brilliant to be able to strap it on the top of your carry on.
This also is on Amazon for the price of US$10.95 probably about AUD$18.

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Did You Know – 11/27/2017

 

  1. German chocolate cake is named after a guy named Sam German, not the country.

 

2. The creature that kills the most people every year isn’t snakes, sharks, or even other humans–it’s the mosquito.

 

3. The last letter added to the English alphabet wasn’t Z–it was the letter J.

4. A female architecture student prevented a Manhattan skyscraper from collapsing in the 1970s when she caught a massive design flaw. It was a student called Diane Hartley. Read more on 99percentinvisible.org

 

5.  Paper bags aren’t any better for the environment than plastic ones.

Fiction: Many believe that paper bags are more environmentally friendly than plastic bags because they are made from a renewable resource, can biodegrade, and are recyclable. Fact: Plastic shopping bags outperform paper bags environmentally – on manufacturing, on reuse, and on solid waste volume and generation.

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6. Nestle is facing a lawsuit in the U.S. alleging that its Poland Spring brand is “common groundwater” rather than spring water, which the suit claims makes the marketing of Poland Spring water a “colossal fraud.”

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Change your water and change your life go to http://www.lifechanging-water.com

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What Bit Me?

To be bitten by some unknown creature can be a little concerning to say the least. If this creature leaves its mark by a red throbbing welt on your skin chances are its not too serious and will disappear quickly. But there are the cases that some bites and stings such as wasps, fire ants and bees can cause intense pain and in some cases like my Mom, have an allergic reaction to wasp and bee stings. If so that can be very serious and may need medical attention immediately. Spider bites are a good example of,  get to that hospital or medical care as fast as you can. 

It is  always  best if you are going to an outside function to wear protective clothing and an insect spray and don’t eat food or wear fragrances that attract bugs and always carry medication if you know you are allergic to certain bugs. 

It is also so much safer to be proactive against bites as certain bites can also spread illnesses such as Zika, West Nile, Lyme disease from ticks rocky mountain spotted fever from a dog or wood tick, Chagas disease from kissing bugs. 

Precaution is the best medicine. 

 

  1. Mosquito – A mosquito bite appears as an itchy round, red, or pink skin bump. It’s usually harmless but can sometimes cause a serious illness, such as the ones mentioned above.

 

2. Bed Bugs – You probably won’t feel pain when a bed bug bites, but you may see a row of two or more red marks on your skin. Some people develop a mild or severe allergic reaction to the bug’s saliva between 24 hours and three days later. They usually attack open areas like the face, neck, hands and arms. The good news is that they don’t carry any disease so its just a matter of getting some medication to get rid of the itch and minor swelling. 

3. Spider bite: – Some bites rendered harmless others not so much. It can be an emergency. It can cause tightness in the chest and breathing difficulties , swallowing difficulty and swelling of the face. If you have any of these symptoms get medical attention at once.

Because spider bites can get infected with tetanus, the CDC also recommends staying on top of your tetanus booster shots and getting one every 10 years.

A bite from a poisonous spider like the black widow or brown recluse is extremely dangerous. The black widow’s bite, which shows up as two puncture marks, may or may not be painful at first. But 30 to 40 minutes later, you may have pain and swelling in the area. Within eight hours, you may experience muscle pain and rigidity, stomach and back pain, nausea and vomiting, and breathing difficulties. You might not have seen the spider that bit you, but always seek medical attention immediately if there’s a possibility you could have been bitten by a poisonous spider. Call 911 or the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222. In the case of Australia call OOO or get to the nearest medical centre or hospital.

 

4. Tick bitesThese can be quite dangerous because of the disease that they can carry as I mentioned above. If you get a rash or swelling from a tick bite especially Rocky Mountain spotted fever tick you need to get to the doctor immediately as it has been known to be fatal.

 

 

5. Flea bitesThese bites tend to be in about 3 or 4 bites in one area. These get itchy and you are inclined to scratch which could cause infection. The best remedy is “Don’t Scratch” those fingernails can cause the infection. The infections can be quite serious, years ago it was thought to cause the plaque.

 

 

6.Bee StingsThe sting can be painful and cause irritation for a couple of days but if  you have a type of allergic response, called anaphylaxis, it is a medical emergency that needs treatment immediately. Symptoms of severe allergy to a bee sting include hives, swelling, trouble breathing, dizziness, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and even cardiac arrest. 

 

7. Lice Bites –  Lice bites are tiny red spots on the shoulders, neck, and scalp from small parasitic insects that can live on your clothes or in your bedding. The bites are more of an irritation and can cause quite a rash. Lice are not known to carry disease.

 

 

8. Ant sting and bite – Some types of ants, like fire ants, are venomous and can cause a severe allergy. Fire ants bite first to hold on and then sting, giving a sharp pain and a burning sensation. If you’re bitten by fire ants, you may see white, fluid-filled pustules or blisters a few days after the sting. They can scar thats why it is important not to scratch or take the tops off. Carpenter ants bites are also painful because they spray formic acid into the bite, which causes a burning feeling.

9. Mite and Chiggar bites Itch mites usually feed on insects but will bite other animals, including people. The bites usually go unnoticed until itchy, red marks develop that may look like a skin rash.

Chiggers are a form of mite that inject their saliva so that they can liquefy and eat skin. In response to the chigger bite, the skin around the bite hardens. As the picture above illustrates, the surrounding skin becomes irritated and inflamed, and an itchy red welt develops.

Mites have been known to cause scabies which is contagious from person to person. Female scabies mites burrow into the skin to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae come to the skin surface, begin to molt, and burrow back into the skin to feed. Ugh the thought of it 🤢.  It begins to look like bad acne. Get it checked out by your doctor.

 

10.  Kissing Bug bites –  Now this one I know nothing about and have seen these bugs thinking they are just a bug from the vegetable garden but not so. Kissing bugs, also known as assassin bugs, can pass on the parasites that cause Chagas disease.

According to September 2015 research from the University of Texas at El Paso published in Acta Tropica, more than half of these insects carry the parasite. In the United States, Chagas disease affects about 300,000 people. 

The kissing bug appears to come out at night and can bite on the neck or face or eyelids and cause ugly swelling. Once the infection sets symptoms of Chagas disease can include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, a loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. if the symptoms become prolonged it can cause enlarged heart, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm, cardiac arrest, or an enlarged colon, also known as megacolon. 

So if you have any of these symptoms get to the medical clinic.

Source: Everyday Health

 

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Zika Virus: 5 Things You Should Know

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1. Zika virus is spread through a mosquito bite—and sex.

Only the Aedes genus of mosquitos has been found to carry Zika, along with other serious infectious diseases, including yellow fever and dengue. These mosquitoes become infected with Zika when they bite an infected person, and spread the virus by biting others. Fortunately, the Aedes mosquito is not common in most parts of the U.S. aside from Florida, along the Gulf Coast and in Hawaii.

Zika can also be passed along through sex, no matter if or when the infected partner shows symptoms, according to the CDC. Only people with sex partners who live in or traveled to an area with Zika are presently at risk for getting sexually transmitted Zika.

2. Zika infections usually cause mild illnesses.

Only 1 of 5 people infected with the virus will develop any symptoms, which can include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, according to the CDC. Symptoms are typically mild and temporary, beginning 2-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito and lasting several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

3. Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

Zika cases have been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with unusually small heads and damaged brains. Pregnant women are advised against traveling to infected areas.

4. Zika may be linked to other serious illnesses.

Zika has been potential link to some cases of Guillain-Barre, a rare syndrome in which the immune system attacks the nerves, in at least 13 countries.Other severe fetal brain defects have caused eye problems, hearing loss and impaired growth in babies born from infected mothers. Scientists are studying the full range of health problems that Zika virus infection may cause during pregnancy.

5. You can protect yourself against Zika virus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.

According to the CDC, you can protect yourself from Zika by preventing mosquito bites:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Always use as directed.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.
  • Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children 2 months or older. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.  An adult should spray insect repellent onto her/his hands and then apply to a child’s face.  Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.
  • When traveling to an infected area, use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.

Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site and Zika hub for the most updated information.

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Technology Of The Future or The Present Day?

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I believe this to be true.

Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall to spy on what’s going on or being said? How about being a mosquito instead!
No, this isn’t a real mosquito. It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government.
It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone.
It can land on you, and even has the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin.
It can fly through a slightly open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you unwittingly take it into your home.
It can then be guided to the top of a curtain or other invisible location where it can scope entire rooms and monitor everything being said.

This is a comment from Snopes:

The specific mosquito-like object pictured above is, however, just a conceptual mock-up of a design for a MAV, not a photograph of an actual working device “already in production.” And although taking DNA samples or inserting micro-RFID tracking devices under the skin of people are MAV applications that may some day be possible, such possibilities currently appear to be speculative fiction rather than reality.

Some have claimed the U.S. government has not only researched and developed insect-like MAVs, but for several years has been furtively employing them for domestic surveillance purposes:
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/insectdrone.asp#cO68Ziei4rh85ZOo.99

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Home Made Mosquito Repellent

 

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The Perfect – MOSQUITO REPELLENT
This is a recipe that was sent to me. It has come from https://www.facebook.com/kelly.bagnasco. This recipe can be easily made at home and a must, to keep handy when sitting outside at BBQ season.

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.

Fill a presentable spray bottle with this repellent and give it to your host as a gift when invited to a BBQ. In my opinion it is a very acceptable gift.

 

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