How to Protect Yourself from Insects

When the weather gets warmer, we spend more time outside. Warmer weather means more bugs and more bites! While most bites are harmless, it’s still prudent to avoid them.

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Don’t forget insect repellent.

When going on any outdoor adventure or traveling in an unknown area (especially abroad), you should wear insect repellent. But, what type do you buy? According to the CDC, you should use EPA-registered repellents with 20% DEET (Cutter Backwoods and Off! Deep Woods).

While for adults, spraying on repellent is easy, the same is not true for children. Children should never apply repellent themselves and parents should avoid putting repellent on their hands because children put their hands in their mouths!

Put on sunscreen before repellent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t recommend using products that are both sunscreen and repellent. Instead, apply sunscreen first, let it dry, and then apply repellent. The main reason is that sunscreen gets absorbed into your skin, while insect repellent lays on the surface of your skin.

Another reason to avoid sunscreen-repellent combinations is that you should regularly apply sunscreen, but repellent only needs to be reapplied if you get bitten. Sunscreen-repellent combinations tend to expose your skin to excessive amounts of harsh chemicals.

Cover up.

Whenever you’re in a wild area (especially in long grasses) wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants, and tuck your pants into your socks for maximum protection.

Some bugs, such as tsetse flies, can bite through the thin fabric so make sure to wear clothes designed explicitly for wearing in wildlife.

Be aware of your surroundings.

When traveling or taking an outdoor trip, research what types of insects and parasites that live in the area.  Different precautions are necessary for the various critters.

Always be prepared and well-informed when you are away from home. In your outdoor adventure kit, always have after-bite ointment and bandages to cover bites or other wounds.


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