Let’s stop spraying dangerous insect repellent on our body!

July 13, 2009 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

mosquitoThe Problem

  • Most conventional bug repellents contain about 5-25% of DEET, a pesticide which with prolonged and repeated exposure may cause rashes, headaches, impaired memory or muscle weakness.
  • Mosquitoes can carry and transmit diseases and viruses like Malaria, Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Be Part of the Solution

Use organic and chemical free herbal-based bug repellents for natural protection while outdoors.  Before spraying yourself with inorganic chemicals, try these eco-friendly alternatives:

  • Try a natural repellent!  Frequently reapply basic essential-oils like lavender, rosemary and cedar wood.  These oils can trick insects into thinking you’re a plant.
  • Try http://www.naturallysavvy.com/site.php?id=418 for an essential-oil insect repellent recipe.
  • Never use sun block at the same time as DEET.  The sun block allows the DEET to enter the bloodstream three times faster, increasing the risk of stroke, headaches and hypertension.
    If you must use a DEET repellent, choose products with less than 20% DEET, never apply over cuts or wounds, never apply on infants, or use if you are taking any medications, don’t spray in enclosed areas and wash skin with soap and water after use.
  • Dark clothing, exercising, floral and fruity fragrances and perspiration attract mosquitoes.

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Let’s control pests and rodents in a humane way. Please. Make history by volunteering to help build Florida’s first single-family residential Earthship this Saturday, July 18, 2009!

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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

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Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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