Summer is a fun time of year. We can spend more time outside and there are tons of activities to participate in. The not-so-great thing about Summer is the bugs – namely mosquitoes and ticks! And, is it just me or does it seem like there get to be more and more of them every year? Actually, I may be right! According to a recent article in the NY Times, infections from ticks and mosquitoes are spreading rapidly! GIANTmicrobes wants to help spread awareness, along with the CDC, to help educate people on why it’s important to stay protected from them!
GIANTmicrobes is an educational gift company that develops and markets health, science and nature products. Since its founding in 2002, GIANTmicrobes has introduced more than 400 products based on microorganisms, cells, vitamins and other biological concepts – a millions times actual size! With distribution in over 30 countries, the GIANTmicrobes brand is loved by students, scientists, teachers, health professionals & anyone with a healthy sense of humor. Humorous, educational, collectible and fun, who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with E.coli or play with a stuffed waterbear and red blood cell?
Why Protection from Mosquitoes and Ticks is Important
If you are alive, you will probably agree that you have been the victim of an insect bite hundreds of times before! Most of the time, we don’t have any issues. But, because the world is constantly changing, so are the diseases we may be exposed to. What an innocuous itch and red bump could mean for one, may mean a deadly disease for another.
More than one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases, as a result, these insects cause more suffering than any other organism. According to the CDC, from 2004-2016, nine new germs that spread from mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered and introduced to the U.S. And, illnesses from the bites of the mosquito, tick, and flea have tripled in the U.S. with more than 640,000 cases during that time.
GIANTmicrobes is Helping Educate
GIANTmicrobes has an adorable critter for every occasion – from Lyme Disease, West Nile and Zika Virus, to Tick, Flea, Mosquito, and Aedes Mosquito. Inspired by the invisible microscopic world, each microbe includes a printed card with fun, interesting, and educational facts so your child, student, family or travel buddy can really explore and learn about some of this invisible life going on in our world today.
The CDC has offered some ways to help protect ourselves from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites.
- Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Take steps to control ticks and fleas on pets.
- Find and remove ticks daily from family and pets. Take steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside your home.
Visit GIANTmicrobes to learn more and see all the amazing microbes they offer. They are perfect for teaching the kids about cells, microbes, diseases and more. It’s a fabulous way for kids to learn!
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