Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's Bugging You?

This is the time of year where not only our friends and family join us for fun outdoor activities, but so do insects. After all, we are in their natural habitat! There are many ways to combat that irritating bite from a mosquito or two, but most commonly is the use of insect repellent. Insect repellent can be found as an aerosol spray or an oil or lotion. Its secret weapon is in its active ingredient, DEET. There is usually a scientifically complex reason as to why DEET is so effective, but recent studies show that Mosquitos actually dislike the smell of it. I am sure your kids will agree!

While sold in different concentrations, products with a higher concentration of DEET will provide a longer time of protection. A few precautions when using insect repellent:
 Apply only as directed on the container’s label.
 Do not allow children to handle repellents.
 Do not apply to open cuts or wounds.
 Do not spray directly into face.
 Do not apply to eyes and mouth.

If you have any questions regarding the use of insect repellent, call the Georgia Poison Center at 1.800.222.1222.

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