Stay Protected this Summer Against Insect Bites
Posted May 11, 2018
For many individuals and families, summer is the time for beach visits, Fourth of July celebrations, camping trips, bike rides and lots of outdoor activities. The increase in insect populations doesn’t have to spoil your outdoor plans! What’s caused the increase? According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an increase in warmer weather, increased human travel between continents, and reforestation in certain states and suburbs where deer and rodent populations provide plenty of food for insects, all contributed to the spike in insect populations. Prevention is key. There are effective methods of protecting yourself from insect bites. The CDC recommends using insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Oil of lemon eucalyptus to protect from mosquito bites and using a repellent that contains at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or IR3535 to prevent tick bites.
ACE has teamed up with SC Johnson to share helpful tips on how to protect you and your family from insect bites by effectively applying personal insect repellent.
- Before using a personal insect repellent, always read the product label first to make sure you are using the product that’s right for you and your family.
- Be sure to apply personal insect repellents only to exposed skin and clothing and never underneath clothing. If you plan to wear sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and then personal insect repellent over it.
- When using personal insect repellent, avoid contact with the eyes, lips and ears, and never spray or rub the product over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
- To use personal insect repellent on the face, apply to hands first, and then distribute it over the face and neck.
- Do not allow children to handle personal insect repellents.