Sunscreen, a cool pair of shades, and yummy food are backyard essentials for summer — but don’t forget about the bug spray. With so much information out there on Zika virus, Lyme disease, and other issues with backyard bugs, as well as the concerns about repellants, it can be hard to know what to use and how. To avoid common mistakes that minimize your repellant’s benefits, use the tips below.
Top 3 tips to get the most out of your bug spray while keeping you and your family safe:
1. Spray On All Uncovered Skin
Just be sure to avoid your nose, eyes and mouth, as well as any open cuts, scrapes or burns. Bugs love sweaty skin and are drawn to body heat so be sure to coat your pulse points, too. (Around your waistband, inside your elbows, behind your knees, and the bottom of your feet are often overlooked.)
2. Apply AFTER Sunscreen
The CDC recommends getting the most out of your skin protection by applying bug spray AFTER sunscreen. The fragrances in some sunscreens may attract mosquitoes and other pests if applied on top of bug spray. And no, those combo products aren’t as effective.
3. Reconsider DEET
Paying attention to how your body reacts to any type of product is the best way to stay safe. However, DEET is proven effective against mosquitoes and ticks, as well as fleas, chiggers, biting flies and more. While the CDC says you’re safe using a product containing up to 50% DEET, those with 15-20% will still keep bugs away — just don’t forget to reapply every few hours.
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