Apply Insect Repellent Properly

For best results, follow the directions on the label and these five tips:

1. Apply a thin coating to all exposed skin, but avoid eyes and mouth, and use sparingly around your ears. You can also spray repellent on top of your clothing, but do not apply under clothing.

2. Adults should dispense repellent on their hands to apply to children. Don’t spray repellent onto kids or apply to their hands to avoid it getting into their eyes or mouth, and avoid applying to cuts or irritated skin. (Insect repellents with deet should not be used on children younger than 2 months.)

3. Frequent reapplication isn’t necessary. Wash hands after applying and wash off repellent at the end of the day.

4. Never spray directly onto the face. Spray on palms, then apply to the face.

5. When using towelettes, be sure to use enough of them to cover all exposed skin with repellent.

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