The Centers for Disease Control warns about the dangers of the West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. And of course Lyme disease is caused by the deer tick.
The Centers for Disease Control advise using a repellent that contains the pesticide DEET.
Properly applying insect repellent:
- Cover All Exposed Areas
- Avoid Cuts, Wounds and Rashes
- Don't Spray Directly On Face
- Wash Hands
Never spray bug repellent directly on your face. First spray it onto your hands and then gently rub it over the entire face, including the ears and neck. And don't forget to wash your hands when you're done applying. You don't want to ingest any DEET.
Children and Bug Spray
The best concentration to use on children is 10 percent DEET. Never apply higher doses than 10 percent DEET on children.
Here are tips on applying repellent on children:
- Never Apply Bug Repellent on Children Under 2- Months of Age
- Never Allow Child To Apply Bug Repellent
- Do not apply repellent to children's hands. (Children may tend to put their hands in their mouths.)
- Also Avoid Mouth and Eyes
- Don't Apply Under Clothing
If the repellent does get on the clothing, make sure it's washed before the child wears the article of clothing again.
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