Protecting Yourself from Pesky Bugs

The CDC has reported a steady increase in mosquito and tick-borne diseases in the U.S

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

August 13, 2020

Summer is upon us and since we’re all entertaining in our own backyards right now, it’s never been more important to protect ourselves from pesky bugs. So how can we enjoy the outdoors right now? We discuss what you need to know when it comes to bug repellents.

There are a variety of factors to consider – because they aren’t all alike. First, you should think about what your activity level will be, how long will you be out and how severe will the insect conditions be? Using a personal insect repellent such as Cutter products will be like your own individual armor against biting insects. They have different types to suit your needs and work by not only inhibiting the ability of a mosquito or tick to detect you, but also discouraging insects from landing on you.

The active ingredient DEET is recommended by the CDC for effective, long-lasting protection against insects. DEET-based repellents for example can ward off insects like no-see-ums, gnats, fleas, ticks, and most importantly, mosquitoes. Mosquitoes may transmit diseases like Zika and West Nile virus, and ticks can transmit Lyme disease. 

If you’re planning to be outside for a stretch of time, say on a hike in heavy mosquito conditions, options from the Cutter Backwoods line work great because they protect for up to 10 hours against mosquitoes. Alternatively, Cutter Skinsations Repellents contain 7% DEET with a formula that includes aloe and vitamin e to soften and moisturize your skin while warding off pesky insects.

They also have DEET-free options such as Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. Derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus citriodora tree, oil of lemon eucalyptus repels mosquitoes for up to six hours.

When it comes to applying, always follow the label directions and remember, the higher the percentage of active ingredient, the longer one application will last. The proper way to apply is to put it on your hands first and then spread it on your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Remember, putting more on doesn’t mean you’ll be better protected; you just have to do it right and use just enough to cover your exposed skin and outer clothing. 

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