Insect Bites (cont.)
Insect Bites Prevention
You can minimize your exposure to insect bites and stings by changing your
patterns of activity or behavior.
- Have a professional exterminator or hive keeper remove or destroy nest
or hives of biting or stinging insects or bugs; do not attempt such actions by
- Some vector mosquitoes are most active in twilight periods at dawn and dusk
or in the evening, so avoid outdoor activity during these periods. Wear
long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats to minimize the areas of exposed skin.
Shirts should be tucked in.
- Use insect repellants. Repellents applied to
clothing, shoes, tents, mosquito nets, and other gear will enhance protection.
- Permethrin-containing repellents (Permanone) are recommended for use on
clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear. Permethrin is highly effective as
an insecticide/acaricide (against ticks and mites) and as a repellent.
Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, and other
arthropods and retains this effect after repeated laundering. Such treated
clothing is thought to pose little danger for poisoning to humans wearing it.
- Repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethylmetatoluamide) as an active ingredient
are recommended by most authorities. Formulations containing 30% DEET or less
are recommended by some researchers because the additional gain in repellent
effect with higher concentrations is not significant when weighed against the
potential for toxicity, which include rare cases of encephalopathy (brain
infection) in children. Follow the directions on the bottle or spray can to
avoid toxicity to children and adults.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/7/2014
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