Simple Tips To Prevent Bug Bites   

Simple Tips To Prevent Bug Bites

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July 07, 2022

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Along with the sunshine and warm weather come mosquitos, bees, ticks and more. Bugs can carry germs and spread diseases, so it’s best to avoid getting bit as much as possible. 

Increasing Risk 

  • There are over 200 types of mosquitoes in the United States, about 12 of which can spread germs and disease.
  • The number of disease cases stemming from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled from 2004 to 2016.
  • Since 2004, 9 new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been introduced or discovered.

Tips for Prevent Bug Bites

  • Avoid scented soaps or lotions and perfumes; some insects are attracted to sweet scents.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net if snoozing outdoors.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • When using a stroller for your kids outdoors, cover it with mosquito netting.
  • Stay away from water and the woods, where bugs and insects are most likely to be.
  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered bug repellent that has either DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol or 2-undecanone as active ingredients.

Next Steps & Resources

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