(HealthDay News) -- When the weather warms, we tend to spend more time outside with six-legged creatures that feast on our blood.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to prevent bug bites by applying insect repellent:
Use only repellent that contains ingredients registered with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Spray repellent on clothes or skin, but not directly on the face.
Don't use repellent on babies. On children, only use repellent that contains no more than 10 percent DEET.
You can use oil-of-eucalyptus products on children over age 3.
Don't use repellent that's meant for people on your pets.
Always follow the label's instructions.
Avoid applying repellant to children's hands, around the eyes, or on a cut or irritated skin.
Store repellent out of children's reach.
Wash repellent off with soap and water. Contact a Poison Control Center if anyone has a reaction to repellent.
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