Recent rains and warm temperatures have produced a bumper crop of floodplain mosquitoes. Before going out of doors, reach for insect repellent to keep these nuisance biters at bay and to protect your family from more concerning, disease-carrying mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus.
Choosing the Right Repellent… With so many botanical and synthetic products on the market, selecting a repellent that works can be a challenge, but one worth taking seriously. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a handy online search tool titled Find the Insect Repellent that is Right for You. The database factors active ingredient, brand name and the length of time out of doors. Search for one of the active ingredients recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Selecting Repellents for Children… The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that products contain no more than 30 percent DEET. Children should not handle repellents; an adult should apply the product to their own hand first and then rub onto the child. Check out A Parent’s Guide to Insect Repellent for the do’s and don’t of protecting little ones from insect bites.
Regardless of age, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided. Sunscreen should be applied separately and more often than insect repellent.
This first bloom of aggressive floodwater mosquitoes is an unfortunate sign of spring in southeast Texas. A quick spray with insect repellent will help fend off these hungry attackers.
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