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Quick Tips_Protect Your Family from Mosquito Bites

Protect Your Family From Mosquito Bites

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Based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have compiled this list of tips to help protect you and your family from mosquito bites.

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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