It seems like the mosquito’s were hungry this year… at least whenever I was outside. So I started doing some research about how to prevent mosquito bites, and reduce the number of insects in the yard. If you have tried to research this yourself, you will find lots of discussion related to bats and bat houses. Some research has suggested that bats have a voracious appetite for these pesky bugs. As it turns out, I am not sure that this is the case. Though there were some studies that documented a bat could eat an extraordinary number of mosquitos in one evening – these tests were performed in artificial conditions where the bat had no other insects to choose from. In nature mosquitos make up only a small portion of the insects a bat eats.
So does that leave us with bug spray alone? We do encourage appropriate use of bug spray – but sometimes it is not practical or desirable.
What is more intriguing is the idea that mosquitos are unable to fly in strong wind. They also hone in to us with their keen sense of smell. To take advantage of both of these facts, try setting up an oscillating fan near your grill the next time you are cooking up a barbecue in the yard. My guess is that you will greatly reduce your risk of getting a bite (at least from a mosquito) if you are in range of the fan. Any CO2 you exhale or other bodily odors that cause mosquitos to salivate will be blown far away. Even if they try to make the approach they will unlikely be able to navigate the breeze. Perhaps that is one of the reasons so many porches in the south come equipped with outdoor ceiling fans. Let us know if this simple trick works for you.
Winning the “Best Dermatologist of Long Island 2012″ has been a great honor.
We wanted to thank all of our patients and colleagues who have nominated us this year as one of the best Dermatologists for 2013.
The poles are open thru Dec 15 and you can cast your vote here.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate we will be giving out FREE Sun Smart Skin Safe bracelets on Monday May 7th. These are fun silicone bracelets that start out white in color, but change color to blue when exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun. This way, you can have a fun visual reminder to protect you and your family’s skin all the time. And the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. These bracelet glows in the dark too!!
We normally sell these in the office as a fundraiser, 4 for $10 – donating the full $10 to non profit organizations that either promote skin cancer research or education. On May 7th, the bracelet is yours for FREE – but voluntarry donations to the cause are of course welcome.
We have been searching for a way to help you protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors, wearing a helmet. I am very happy to share with you an amazing product called Da Brim. This “hat” will attach to any helmet – giving yu broad brim protection wherever life’s adventures may take you.
Protecting yourself from the sun is a great way to decrease your risk of skin cancer!
Just slide the Da Brim™ helmet visor over the top of your sports helmet, tighten the strap, and in seconds you’re ready to tackle the pavement, trail, snow, water, or the climb.
- UPF 50+ Sun Protection
- Rugged and durable to meet the needs of those who demand the best
- Easy attachment in seconds - See our installation videos
- Air flows freely through helmet vents, promoting cooling
- Patent-pending low profile design allows for secure attachment
- No modification to your helmet and no sticky adhesives
- Works with headlamps and hydration packs
- Interchangeable among helmets
- Contoured brim with longer back provides added neck sun protection
- Water repellent
- Reinforced brim edge for stability at higher speeds
- No more baseball caps that wick moisture and produce a poor fit when worn under your helmet. Da Brim™ fits on the outside of your helmet allowing a proper helmet fit and full-brimmed shade.
- Designed with different helmet styles in mind to provide good fit and coverage
The best dermatologist on Long Island is important for people who need some help feeling comfortable in their own skin. From acne to irregular moles, a dermatologist is there to make sure everything on is smooth on the surface. We bring you this years winners for Best Dermatologist on Long Island.
Long Islanders Voted Dr. Jeffrey Ellis from Belaray Dermatology in Plainview Best Dermatologist on Long Island!
Belaray means beautiful, and that’s how Jeffrey Ellis’ patients feel when they walk out of his office. Dr. Ellis’ goal is to provide comprehensive compassionate care for adults and children in a timely manner. Belaray provides specialized skin care for patients of all ages, from general dermatology, like acne treatment, to surgical dermatology, like scar revisions and even medi-spa esthetic services.