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June 23, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Keeping safe this summer

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Many insects are attracted by aromas, so using scented soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes or colognes is not advised for adults or children. Bright colors can also attract insects, so avoid vividly-colored clothing or flowery prints.

Insect repellent with DEET can be helpful, but be extremely cautious when using it on children. Don’t use the product on children if the concentration is more than 30 percent, and don’t use it at all on babies younger than 2 months.

Be aware that insect repellent has no effect on bees, wasps or hornets because these insects have a different kind of sensory system. For the most part, if you don’t bother bees or wasps or hornets, they won’t bother you. That’s why children should not be allowed to play in areas where these insects are likely to congregate, including flowering gardens, near pools of still water or close to uncovered food.

With these tips you can have a safe summer.

Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or kl-smith@tamu.edu.

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