Sunday May 8, 2011

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Mosquito Madness

Don't let the threat of West Nile keep you inside this summer

Released by SC Johnson


e've all experienced it - the annoying buzz and subsequent slap! that can accompany an otherwise peaceful summer evening. Unfortunately, while the arrival of warm weather becomes a precious opportunity to enjoy our time outside, it's also a chance for mosquitoes and other swarming insects to enjoy us too.

As a result, bothersome bugs often prevent us from experiencing the best that summer has to offer, whether we're spending time at the park, enjoying time up north or just hanging out in our own backyard. And after months of communal cabin fever across Canada, the last thing most Canucks crave is more time inside.

But stay inside we do. In fact, a recent survey1 conducted by Vision Critical for OFF!® found that more than half of Canadians (53 per cent) have stayed indoors to avoid being bitten by bugs during the summer season, with 16 per cent saying they spend three hours a day or more indoors to avoid annoying insects.

And despite the fact that many would go to drastic lengths to extend their summer hours by an extra month - including giving up access to their smartphones (41 per cent), foregoing an hour of sleep (40 per cent) and even eliminating their morning coffee (32 per cent) - a whopping 82 per cent say they rarely or never carry insect repellent - the easiest way to get more hours out of summer.

To help Canadian families enjoy the best summer has to offer, Jim Lovisek, a professional animal and insect wrangler, recently partnered with OFF!® to help Canadians spend more bug-free time outdoors.

"Besides the nuisance factor, stinging or biting insects can sometimes present a threat to our health," said Lovisek. "Long-lasting insect repellents provide the best protection when mosquitoes are at their worst - but too often, we forget to pack repellents to keep ourselves and our family protected."

Squeeze more OFF!® hours out of summer

Lovisek offers these top tips to ensure a bug smart summer this year:

Be prepared, even on-the-go: Part of summer fun is being spontaneous - whether it's a last-minute hike in the great outdoors or an impromptu picnic in the park. At just 15 mL, new OFF!® Mini Spray is the perfect size to keep in the car, golf bag, tackle box, purse or soccer bag - so it's easy to be prepared, no matter where pesky mosquitoes are found.

Avoid mosquito-prone spots: Mosquitoes are attracted to damp, stagnant areas and like to rest in dense vegetation. Remove standing water on your property (as little as a tablespoon of water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes!) and cut back grasses and other plants that appeal to bothersome bugs.

Watch what you wear: Wear light-coloured clothing when outside, since mosquitoes prefer darker shades that radiate heat.

Know what you need: Repellents are available in a variety of strengths and formulations to suit different needs. For example, OFF!® offers a variety of familycare® products - the perfect choice for social occasions, where protection only needs to last a few hours - as well as Deep Woods® products, which provide longer-term protection (up to eight hours against mosquitoes) for when bugs are at their worst.

Don't use strong fragrances: Heavily scented toiletries such as soap and perfume may attract mosquitoes.

Don't leave protection to chance: Don't rely on home remedies or bath oils, especially during prime mosquito times at dawn and dusk.

About OFF!® Mini Spray Mosquito Repellent

OFF!® brand has been bringing trusted products and effective protection to Canadian families and individuals for more than 50 years. Today, the brand continues to evolve and improve its family of products and offers products to suit everyone's different lifestyle needs.

The entire line of products, including new OFF!® Mini Spray (available in both familycare® and Deep Woods® versions), is available in food, drug, do-it-yourself and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Zellers and Canadian Tire. The manufacturer suggested retail price for OFF!® Mini Spray is $5.99. Retailers may sell for less.

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About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and pest control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 125-year old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. 

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