How to Survive a Record Year of Nasty Mosquitos
“It’s better to use a product with a higher DEET concentration once than with a lower concentration multiple times,” says Anthony “Tony” Civello, president and CEO of Kerr Drug. • Be Careful Using Repellents with DEET on Children-The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends products containing DEET should not be applied to children under two months of age. The AAP also suggests not using products with a higher DEET concentration than 30% on children.
• Other Repellents-Picardin- is a pepper-based compound that is as effective as DEET with lower toxicity.
• Other Repellents-Lemon Eucalyptus- is also used as an insect repellent and seems as effective as a low concentration of DEET.
• General Safety Advice for all Repellents-When applying repellent on a small child, apply it to your own hands and run them on the child. Also, do not apply repellent to children’s hands because children tend to put their hands in their mouth and eyes.
• Hydrocortisone Cream- This topical cream relieves stings, bites and itchy rashes.
“While mosquitos will bite anytime during daylight hours, they are most aggressive at dawn and dusk, so people should take special precautions during those times,” adds Civello. “It’s also advisable to look around where you live and remove standing water, clean birdbaths, and get rid of the places where mosquitos breed.”