For a great many people, summer is really and truly the best time of year. The ground thaws, the trees turn green again, and birdsong can be heard all throughout the country (though sometimes at times that it is less than ideal, to say the least, such as in the early morning). For children, school lets out and summer becomes a time of freedom, exploration, and some much earned laziness. Even for adults with full time jobs, there is something still a little bit magical indeed about the summer months.
There are many activities to partake in during the summer, from swimming to hiking to even just laying out in the sun and soaking up some of that all too essential vitamin D. In fact, swimming alone has now become the fourth most popular physical activity all throughout the United States. But in all of these activities or in any other summer activity that you might find yourself partaking in, it is so very important to be safe. Fortunately, there are many ways to do so.
For one thing, protecting your skin from bug bites is essential, from hiking (where the bug population is likely to be high) to even just sitting out on your back porch after the sun has gone down. After all, mosquitoes are able to transmit disease both through a simple bite as well as through any separate parasites that they might also be carrying (as is very much the case for malaria, though certainly not limited to it). And though it is only the female mosquitoes that can bite and transmit these diseases, there are still up to 3,000 species of mosquito found throughout the country and the world, meaning that there are certainly plenty of them out there.
If you know that you’re going to be in a bug infested area, wear protective clothing that mosquitoes cannot bite through. When hiking, for instance, it is likely to be a better idea to wear jeans than shorts, no matter the temperature. In addition to this, bug spray is a must. If you’re uncomfortable about using the typical bug sprays on yourself or your children, there are now many natural (and still effective) alternatives out there.
If you’re at home, you might consider investing in screen enclosure supplies, as having a screened in porch or screen mesh in your windows can give you the best of both worlds. Porch screen rolls are very easy to come by, and porch screen rolls are far from inexpensive. Porch screen rolls can even be used to create screens for pools, allowing children and adults alike to enjoy the water without fear of bug bites and the diseases that can transpire as a result from them. For the peace of mind and freedom from pests, porch screen rolls are certainly well worth the price.
In addition to porch screen rolls, you’ll likely want to invest in window screen supplies as well. After all, sleeping with the windows open can help to keep the house cool in a natural way – and your air conditioning bills as low as possible. When you have screen mesh material in your windows, you can rest assured that no bugs will end up in your home, buzzing around while you’re trying to go to sleep. Again, the cost of such privacy window screen mesh is not particularly high, no higher than the cost of porch screen rolls and other types of screen for porches and pools.
Aside from protecting yourself from bug bites, you’ll want to protect your skin from the sun as well. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will do the job, as too will hats, sunglasses, and lightweight clothing to cover your extremities. The benefits of taking such measures are certainly immense, reducing the risk that you’ll ever develop skin cancer and even slowing signs of aging as well. For many people, the pain of a sunburn (which can really be quite intense) is also a key reason for investing in skin protection methods.
Summer is a fun time for the whole family, but taking the necessary steps to have a safe one is quite hugely important indeed.