How To Stay Bite-Free

Smiling happy parents and son having picnic in park.
Picnics, barbecues and other summer soirees—so much to look forward to this summer! But as you take the festivities outdoors, make sure that you’re not one of the tasty menu items.

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According to Joe Conlon, a medical entomologist and the technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquito bites, for the most part, are just annoying. But he says, especially in certain parts of the country, they can be more dangerous. “Being infected with a mosquito-borne disease is definitely an issue, even in the United States, as West Nile virus has taught us,” he says. Yikes!

So how can you stay bite-free this summer?

Time Your Activities Right. If possible, schedule your activities to avoid the times when mosquitoes are most active, usually dawn and dusk.