About Zika Virus:
Areas to Avoid:
In addition to avoiding travel to areas with a known Zika risk, there are a number of steps that should be taken to avoid mosquito bites.
Use nets when traveling. When traveling to regions known to have the Zika virus, sleep under a mosquito bed net — both outdoors and indoors. The CDC recommends both treating clothing and gear with Permethrin, as well as using permethrin pre’treated products like the Atwater Carey® Built–in Insect Shield® mosquito nets and screens that kill or disable insects on contact. If traveling with your child, cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
Use personal insect repellent. When outside be sure to use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered insect repellent with one of the following four active ingredients, which are also recommended by the CDC: DEET, IR3535®, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE)/para’mentane-diol (PMD), Picaridin.
Coleman Repellents offers formulas containing three of the four EPA registered and CDC recommended active ingredients, including Coleman® DEET Based Insect Repellent, IR3535® SkinSmart® Insect Repellents, and the plant-based Coleman® Botanicals with OLE. When used as directed, these repellents can protect you from mosquitoes that may carry Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya, and have been proven safe and effective for pregnant women.
Stay indoors during peak times. Although they can be active at night, the mosquitoes that carry Zika are most active and bite most aggressively during the day.
Wear long sleeves and pants; treat your gear. Cover up as much as possible to prevent mosquito bites on exposed skin. Keep colors light, as mosquitoes are attracted to darker hues. Because mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, it’s recommended that you treat your clothing and gear with permethrin, like Coleman® Gear and Clothing Insect Treatment, to increase effectiveness in preventing mosquito bites. Do NOT use permethrin products directly on the skin.
Mosquito proof your home and yard. Mosquitoes like to lay eggs in and near standing water, therefore it is recommended that you be diligent about removing standing water from planters, buckets, etc. around your home. Be sure to also check your home’s gutters to make certain water is flowing properly. Additionally, ensure your home has tight–fitting screens and windows, repair any holes and use air conditioning when available.