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There are many reasons to why people love the warmer weather, but insects and the bug bites they bring is definitely not one of them. Most bug bites are harmless, but some have the potential to carry diseases that can be detrimental to your health.

It's important to be on the lookout for the types of insects around you and what viruses they can spread. By following a few simple steps below, you can avoid being stung, and you can reduce their presence around your home. Who wouldn't want a bug free summer? 

SCREEN your doors and windows properly, and repair or replace worn screens.

 

DRAIN standing water from buckets, plant trays, yard toys and other containers where mosquitoes can breed.

 

ENCOURAGE CLEAN UP in your community of any refuse that can trap water like plastic caps or old tires.

 

REPEL by wearing an insect repellent registered by the Environmental Protection Agency: Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long-lasting protection. Follow all package directions to ensure safe use on children as well.  

 

AVOID mosquitoes by staying indoors during the dawn and dusk hours when these insects are most active. If you do go outside in the evening, wear long sleeves and long pants. The best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon, when temperatures are hottest and the insects rest in cooler spots.

 

PROTECT yourself when traveling: Learn about country-specific travel advice, health risks, and how to stay safe.

 

KEEP mosquitoes outside. Use air conditioning or make sure that there are window/door screens where you stay. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.

 

Learn more by going to the CDC website about mosquitos http://www.cdc.gov/Features/stopmosquitoes/index.html

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