Insect Repellent:

  • Always follow the instructions when applying insect repellent.
  • Read labels carefully for ingredients and concentrations.
  • Use repellents that contain DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases.
  • The current recommendation for children 2 months or older is 10-30 percent DEET.
  • Use the lowest concentration of DEET that will provide coverage for the necessary amount of time. (10 percent = approx. two hours; 30 percent = approx. five hours)
  • Do not use DEET on children younger than 2 months old.
  • Wash repellent off children when they return inside.

General Tips:

  • Dress children in long sleeves, pants and socks during the evenings or other times when there are many mosquitos.
  • Avoid clothes with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hairsprays on your child.
  • Eliminate standing water around your home. At least once a week, empty items that may collect water like flower pots, buckets, trash containers, etc.
  • Don’t leave food uncovered outside.
  • Use screens on your windows and doors. Be sure they are tight-fitting and without holes.

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