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Expat Files – 04.30.17

#1- Things you should keep and eye out for in Latin American bathrooms and toilets. #2-The Zika virus, mosquitoes and other man-eating bugs. The use and abuse of insect repellent #3-A word on personal safety and security. A discussion of some items I have in my own small “Bug Out” Bag”- which is really not for bugging out as USA …

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Expert warns of new tick-borne disease

As spring awakens here in UConn country, so do the ticks. UConn veterinarian, researcher, and tick-borne disease expert Dr. Sandra Bushmich recently answered questions about ticks and the diseases they carry in this area, especially some lesser known and emerging diseases. Can you tell us about Borrelia miyamotoi, the ‘new’ tick-borne disease? Borrelia miyamotoi is an emerging tick-borne disease which is caused …

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How to Keep Ticks off of You, and Get Rid of Them if Needed

I used to live in the middle of nowhere, and my neighbors and I were constantly picking ticks off of our pets. When you think about ticks, you associate them with living in the woods. But these Lyme-disease carriers are everywhere. Whether you’re hiking through the wilderness or yanking weeds out of your backyard garden, there could be a tick …

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Surprising medicinal uses for lavender oil by Michael Ravensthorpe

The lavender plant, which is native to the Old World and is characterized by its beautiful hues and invigorating fragrance, has been used for more than 2,500 years as a cosmetic aid. The ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians, for instance, would use lavender as a natural perfume. The Romans loved to use lavender to scent their baths (in fact, lavender is derived from …

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Yarrow herb is stronger than DEET at repelling mosquitos and ticks, and it’s completely non-toxic by Ethan A. Huff

We’re approaching summer bug season in many parts of the northern hemisphere, which in addition to sun and fun means lots of smelly insect repellant wafting through the air. The standard chemical ingredient in many conventional bug sprays is DEET, a neurotoxic chemical that, although it seems to work against annoying critters, is also working against you and your family’s …