DAK TIPS FOR AN ITCH-FREE SUMMER OF OUTDOOR FUN
UP. Cover your skin as completely as possible. Wear
shoes, long sleeves and long pants with the cuffs
tucked into socks. Men and boys need to be particularly
careful in covering up, since males are favored
targets of mosquitoes.
COLOR CONSCIOUS. Wear khaki or neutral colors. Mosquitoes
are attracted to dark colors, especially blue, so
avoid this color.
GOOD SENSE ABOUT SCENTS. Heavily scented toiletries
are an attraction for bugs and bees. Avoid using
scented soaps, lotions and shampoos.
REPELLENT. Like sunscreen, insect repellent is an
outdoor essential. Apply the proper insect repellent
to clothing and any uncovered skin.
DEET Repellents: Repellents containing DEET are
most effective. If you will be in bug-infested areas,
or where Lyme Disease or encephalitis is a concern,
look for a repellent containing at least 15 to 30%
DEET, says David Kern, president of DAK Pharmaceuticals,
a New Hampshire manufacturer of insect repellents.
Most outdoor excursions call for a moderate DEET
concentration like DAK's GreenHead® which contains
30% DEET. For safe and effective use of DEET products:
Be sure to follow the product directions.
If used with a sunscreen, apply the repellent 30
minutes to one hour after the sunscreen.
Never use repellents on wounds or irritated skin.
- BE PREPARED.
Always carry repellents in your car's glove compartment
or your tackle box, backpack or beach bag. Even
the best repellents won't protect you when they
are left at home.
SPOTS POPULAR WITH BUGS. Mosquitoes like cool, moist
places. Avoid stagnant pools of water whenever possible.
Some popular breeding grounds include puddles, birdbaths
and inside old tires. Flies tend to hover around
animals and sweets; black flies are attracted to
dark, moving objects; hornets nest in trees and
bushes; yellow jackets are drawn to food and generally
nest in the ground. Bees appear to sting when the
weather is gray rather than when the sun is out.
THE RIGHT TIME. Be alert to the time of day when
certain insects are most active. Black flies are
more prevalent in the morning, mosquitoes tend to
bite at dawn and twilight and deerflies are prevalent
SAFETY. Children are vulnerable to bug bites because
of their size. They are closer to the ground and
to flowers and plants that harbor insects and are
thus easier targets. Make sure they are protected
with proper clothing, as described earlier, and
with insect repellents that are appropriate to children.
If using a repellent with DEET, don't apply it to
the hands of children who tend to put their fingers
in their mouth. And again, bathe your children when
they return indoors for the night to remove any
FOR BITES. Upon returning indoors, check your children
and yourself for bites, especially tick bites. If
you find a tick, carefully remove it by grasping
its head with tweezers and pulling straight up.
To reduce risk of infection, clean the tick bite
with hydrogen peroxide. Be alert for the next 30
days for either a "bulls-eye" rash (a red ring with
a white center) at the site of the bite or flu-like
symptoms. The presence of either one might signify
Lyme Disease and should prompt a visit to your physician.
SCRATCH. Impetigo, a common disease among children
that can spread through the whole family, usually
begins when a child scratches a bug bite or other
small break in the skin. If a bug bite does occur,
quickly apply an insect bite treatment.
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