Although they may seem harmless, insects can cause pain, harm and discomfort. Follow simple bug safety rules to help avoid irritating bites and stings.
Reduce the use of perfumes, hair sprays and scented soaps. Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as gardens and stagnant pools of water. You should also avoid wearing clothing with bright colors or flowery prints that could potentially attract an unwanted insect. In the evenings, cover your skin with long sleeved shirts, pants and socks to prevent mosquito bites.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours; however, insect repellent does not need to be reapplied. Therefore, avoid combining sunscreen and insect repellent.
Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus and ticks can carry Lyme Disease. Thus, using insect repellents containing DEET helps prevent insect-related diseases. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old. The concentration of DEET varies significantly, so read the label and choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.
Shower and check for ticks as soon as possible after coming indoors. Ticks can be easily removed with a pair of tweezers. If you’ve been stung by an insect, gently remove the visible stinger from your skin by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.
Consult a doctor if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, headache, stiff neck, fatigue or disorientation 1-3 weeks following a bite.