As the weather continues to warm up and summer hastens our way, so do the prospects of us spending more and more time participating in outdoor activities — from camping trips to cookouts to sports contests and sporting events.
While outdoor fun is great, don’t forget that mosquito season is fast-approaching as well. Be sure to take precautions to protect yourself against mosquito bites and the mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, the insect can spread.
Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself:
- When you go outside, apply an EPA-recommended mosquito repellent to your skin or wear protective clothing.
- Wear light colors and avoid wearing scented products outdoors.
- Be careful when applying insect repellents to children and babies:
Spray repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
Do not apply repellent to a child’s hands, mouth, cut or irritated skin.
Do not use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus on children younger than 3 years old. Do not use repellents containing DEET on babies younger than 2 months old.
- Keep car windows rolled up and garage doors closed at night.
- Make sure all screens on windows and doors are intact and installed properly.
Visit the DHEC website for more information on how to protect yourself and your home against mosquitoes.