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Staying Safe During Bug Season
Written by Matt Casasanta
Last updated on July 21, 2013 @ 6:56PM
Created on July 20, 2013 @ 6:25PM

During the hot summer months comes bug season, so how can you stay safe from these creepy crawlers when your outside?

A recent report by the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, found there's no single bug repellent that works against every insect. Your best bet is to use products that have been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are four chemicals found in most bug repellents: Picaridin, IR3535, Deet, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Scientific tests have shown that these four chemicals provide the highest level of protection from a number of bug bites. These chemicals are in many of the products that you can buy in your average drugstore. The EWG researchers found Deet is the most effective chemical to protect against West Nile virus and Lyme disease. These diseases are on the rise and some people are concerned.

Harrison County resident, Stephanie Rella, said "I use insect repellent, like off or deep woods. I actually know people who have gotten Lyme disease so it's something you need to be aware of and to protect yourself from."

"There's always worries about that, we have to be careful with all of the diseases that are becoming rampant now," said Harrison County resident, Mary Rose Seyfert.

These diseases usually concentrate in one area every year and seem to migrate. So health officials say it's very important to be aware if your area is being affected.


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