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:
- 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.
- Stay away from opened beverages. Sweetened beverages such as soda and juice attract stinging insects.
- Avoid locations with standing water. They provide wonderful breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Dress appropriately. Always wear shoes and lightweight clothing that covers large skin areas.