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Man applying bug spray to arm

Use Bug Repellent


Spray exposed skin with a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). This will offer several hours of protection.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend using products containing DEET on children less than two months old. They also recommend choosing a product with the lowest concentration effective for the amount of time spent outdoors, and only applying DEET once per day. In addition, do not use a product that combines DEET with sunscreen.

Remember to always follow the application instructions. Parents should apply bug repellents on children, making sure to avoid any contact with the eyes, mouth, or hands, and should only use products containing DEET when necessary.

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