Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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April 9, 2012

Part II: Fight the Bite

What repellent to choose


AMERICUS — Whih goes on first — repellent or sunscreen?

In general, the recommendation is to apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent. People can, and should, use both a sunscreen and an insect repellent when they are outdoors and the sun is up. Do remember, though, that many of the mosquitoes most important to West Nile virus transmission bite from sun-down, through the night until sun-up.

It is recommended NOT to use a single product that combines insect repellent containing DEET and sunscreen, because the instructions for use of insect repellents and use of sunscreen are different. In most situations, insect repellent does not need to be reapplied as frequently as sunscreen. While no recommendations are available at this time regarding products that combine other active ingredients and sunscreen, it is important to always follow the label on whatever product you are using.

So go ahead, get outside and enjoy the warm spring weather, but be prepared for mosquitoes with insect repellent and Fight the Bite!

This information was provided by the Sumter County Health Department

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