One of the more common, but effective ways to avoid mosquito bites is a good and proper mosquito repellent. Whether the common store-bought variant or the more choicy deet free mosquito repellent, a good bug spray can work wonders for those trying to avoid mosquitoes. Assuming you spray it right.
Aside from simply following the instructions written on the product, here are the things to keep in mind when using repellent.
- Sunscreen first!!
- If you’re going to have some fun under the sun, but expect the bugs to come and bite, then apply sunscreen first. Only apply repellent on top after the sunscreen has absorbed into your skin. If you need to reapply the sunscreen, then you do not always have to reapply bug spray, only if the bugs seem to be bothering you. Also, avoid any products that combine sunscreen and repellent, because every time you reapply sunscreen, you reapply bug spray, and over-applying bug spray is unpleasant, to say the least.
- Put it on smoothly and evenly.
- Mosquitoes and ticks can be quite aggressive when it comes to biting, especially the Aedes aegypti, which just so happens to be the one that spreads the Zika virus. So to properly prepare for them, spray evenly on your uncovered skin as per the label’s directions. Basically, apply your deet free mosquito repellent via a light dusting, rather than like a thick lotion. Avoid breathing it in too.
- Use your hands for the harder to spray areas.
- Never spray repellent directly onto your face or ears, spray onto your hands, and use them to apply unto those areas, avoiding direct contact with the eyes and inhalation. Repellent can aggravate open cuts and wounds, so no spraying on broken or irritated skin, and remember to wash your hands if you’re going to eat.
- Practice extra caution with kids.
- Never spray directly onto the skin of kids, and don’t use repellents on kids younger than 2 months of age. Follow the same procedure when applying to your more sensitive body parts: spray onto hands and apply. Avoid putting repellent on kids’ hands since they love to stick their fingers into their mouths, near their eyes and into their noses.