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May 13, 2021  |  Tips & Guides  |  Insect Repellents

Consumer Reports: How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away

How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away

Simple strategies to keep these biters at bay, plus what to do about stinging insects

Bug-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and West Nile virus may not be the infectious diseases that are top of mind right now as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

But they haven’t gone away. There were 557 cases of West Nile virus during 2020, and the yearly tallies have frequently topped 2,000 in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while the CDC says about 35,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease are reported to the agency each year, evidence suggests that the real numbers of people treated for it annually may be upward of 450,000.

“The most important thing is to avoid getting bitten in the first place,” says Rebecca Eisen, PhD, a research biologist with the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. “Fortunately, there are really simple things you can do to protect yourself and your family.”

Using insect repellent is obviously key, but effective bug avoidance requires you to take other precautions. Below is a list of recommendations from CR’s experts and testing, and from the CDC, on how to have a safe summer. Continue reading about the simple strategies to keep mosquitoes and ticks away here: https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellent/how-to-keep-mosquitoes-ticks-away/

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