Protect yourself from the bugs of summer

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:27am

Warmer temperatures aren't just attractive to people, but to bugs too.

Summer insects are not only pests, but they can transmit viruses and illnesses that can be dangerous.

Mosquitos can transmit the West Nile Virus as well as Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Fleas can cause bites that can itch and can turn into infections if scratched.

Ticks can infect people with Lyme disease, and other serious problems.

So arm yourself. When going outside, spray for bugs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends repellent containing 20% DEET. If mosquitos are the primary problem, the CDC says use a Picardin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. 

Try to stay away from thick underbrush and trees where ticks hide.

Also check your pet to see if they are carrying these nasty critters. Ticks love hairy animals. Make sure your pet is free of fleas. They too can hitch a ride on your dog or cat and infect those in your home. 

When you come inside, check for any of these parasites. Taking a shower helps, but doing a bug check is also effective.


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