Ticked off? How to avoid summer pests
In the summer, we spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you are at a ball game, going swimming, taking a hike, camping or at a backyard barbecue, pests like mosquitos and ticks can not only be a nuisance, they can impact your health. That’s why prevention is so important. Here are some tips to help you to avoid insect bites this summer:
- Use repellent. The Environmental Protection Agency has a search tool to help you find the insect repellent that’s best for you. Always follow product recommendations for age and product placement. Remember sun safety—it’s important to apply sunscreen before you apply insect repellent.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Wearing hats, long sleeves and long pants in wooded areas can help to prevent ticks. If you plan to spend a lot of time in these areas, consider clothing treated with a recommended insect repellent like permethrin.
- Keep insects outdoors. Use window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from getting inside your home, tent or camper.
If you are bitten by a tick, or have a mosquito or insect bite that you’re concerned about, speak with your doctor or visit your nearest ExpressCare.
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