In order to successfully avoid getting bitten, the University of Michigan Health System Medical School UMHS offers tips to keep the insects from alighting on your skin in the first place:

  1. Use insect repellents with DEET, an active ingredient that deters insects. DEET products are safe on everyone, including children as young as two months old.
  2. Stay away from opened beverages. Sweetened beverages such as soda and juice attract stinging insects.
  3. Avoid locations with standing water. They provide wonderful breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  4. Dress appropriately. Always wear shoes and lightweight clothing that covers large skin areas.