Mosquito Advice: Wear Repellent, Avoid Perfumes
UPDATED May 30, 2011
The Associated Press
Flooding, heavy rains and summer-like heat have produced a bumper crop of pesky mosquitoes. Here`s how experts recommend avoiding the bugs and treating their bites:
-Wear insect repellent containing deet, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus and apply it frequently.
-Drain standing water from backyard bird baths, discard old tires and other containers that trap water, and frequently replace water in kiddie pools.
-Avoid going outside from dusk to dawn, peak activity times for some mosquitoes.
-Avoid dark clothes, which can absorb heat and make you more visible; choose neutral colors that blend in with the environment.
-Avoid perfumes and sweet-smelling lotions and cosmetics, including lavender scents, which attract mosquitoes.
-Perspiration is a lure, so wash after exercising or sweating heavily.
-Antihistamine tablets taken throughout mosquito season or after being bitten can help reduce bumps and itchiness.
-Hydrocortisone creams and other over-the-counter anti-itch treatments sometimes help reduce discomfort.
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