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Use your insect repellant correctly for the best results

Posted: 1:58 PM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 17:58:58Z

Are you getting the most out of your insect repellent?

Doctor Frank McGeorge has ways to help your spray keep more bugs away.

For instance, if you're wearing sunscreen and using insect repellent, the CDC says put the sunscreen on first, then your bug spray.

It's okay to reapply your sunscreen later but experts recommend against using products that contain sunscreen and insect repellent because sunscreen needs to be reapplied more often than bug spray.

Another rule to remember, read the label and the instructions.

Different products protect against different pests so pick the one that best fits your situation and ideally wards off mosquitoes and ticks.

Apply the product as directed for the maximum protection and minimum exposure to chemicals.

Be sure to shake it first then spray in a slow, sweeping motion covering exposed skin and clothing.

For your face, spray your hands first, then rub it it on avoiding your eyes and mouth.

It's important to understand that products with a higher percentage of the active ingredient do not offer stronger protection, they just last longer.

So choose a product that fits the amount of time you plan to spend outdoors.

If you put on bug spray, plan on showering before bed. While the chemicals are safe when used as directed they are intended to be washed off.