Tips On Properly Applying Bug Repellent

May 4, 2018

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Along with sunscreen, bug spray is an essential item to have but even the most effective insect repellent will fail if you don't use it correctly. A quick, absent-minded spray won’t provide enough protection and applying it incorrectly can be dangerous, especially for pregnant women and children.  So here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to properly apply bug spray.  If you’re going to be in the sun, first rub in your sunscreen, let it absorb into your skin, then apply the repellent on top. Generally you will need to reapply sunscreen sooner than bug repellent and reapplying over the bug spray is ok. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area and spray evenly onto your uncovered skin. For lotions, also follow label directions; most call for a thin film over exposed skin areas. But don't go crazy. When it comes to bug repellents, more is not better as all you need is a thin layer for protection. Though wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants can help you avoid mosquito bites, you should still spray your clothes with repellent for extra protection. But never spray it underneath your clothes: That not only is unnecessary but also may bad for your health in having it over applied. Use Your Hands for Sensitive, Hard-to-Reach Spots. Never spray repellent directly onto your face or your ears. Don't forget ankles, elbows and knees. Reapply only when necessary. If you notice bug are starting to bite you again, then reapply rather than using a time table as you would with sunscreen.  Finally once inside, make sure to wash your sprayed skin with soap and water.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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