Bug Bite Prevention.


The following steps can help:

Dress for success. Wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat, and shoes and socks to prevent bites. If you’re in tick country, consider tucking pants into socks, spraying your shoes with the insecticide permethrin, and wearing permethrin-treated clothing.

Get the right repellant. According to the CDC, DEET, Picaridin, and IR3535 are effective against both ticks and mosquitoes; oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-D, and 2-undecanone are effective against mosquitoes, but not ticks. If you’re wearing sunscreen, too, apply the sunscreen first.  

Do a tick check. Check your body for ticks every day, paying particular attention to the places ticks like to hide, like armpits, behind ears, hair, between toes, between the legs, and inside the belly button.

Keep mosquitoes outside your home by making sure all windows have screens (repair holes if necessary). Once a week, empty any items in your yard that contain any water, such as buckets, tires, or toys.

Don’t panic if you see a tick. Do grab a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull upward slowly and steadily. Dab the area with alcohol to disinfect.


Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites Preventing tick bites

“Wearing insect repellent with at least 20% DEET protects against mosquito and tick bites.” Centers for Disease Control

Posted on August 24, 2018 and filed under fitness.