Insect Repellent Safety

* Read the label completely before using.

* Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or outside clothing (as directed on the product label)

* Never use on skin under clothing.

* Never apply repellents or insecticides over cuts, wounds, or scrapes.

* Do not apply to eyes and mouth, and never spray in the ears ears. If using sprays do not spray directly onto face; spray on hands first and then apply to face and neck.

* Avoid breathing a repellant spray, and do not use it near food.

* Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Saturation is generally unnecessary for effectiveness. If biting insects do not respond to a first application of repellent, apply a bit more.

* Wash hands prior to eating or handling food.

* Do not smoke while hands have repellent on them.

* After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly during a day or on consecutive days.

* Wash treated clothing before wearing it again.    

Sunscreen People can, and should, use both a sunscreen and an insect repellent when they going to be in the sun. Follow the instructions on the package for proper application of each product. In general, the recommendation is to apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent. The CDC does not recommend using pre mixed products that contain sunscreen and repellent.


If repellent or insecticide gets in the eyes flush with water for 15 min. and consult health care provider or poison control center. To reach a Poison Control Center near you: 1-800-222-1222.

Removing a Tick Safely  

If the repellent or insecticide you are using does not prevent a tick bite it is best to removed them only with tweezers only (bent, "needle-nose" tweezers are best). Grasp them with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Do not squeeze their bodies; do not use alcohol, nail polish, hot matches, petroleum jelly, or other methods to remove ticks. These methods may cause their gut contents along with the Lyme or Spotted Fever disease bacterium.

Stinging Insects

Bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and etc. do not carry a bacterial disease but bees can leave a stinger with a poison bag in the skin wherever it stings. If this bag is squeezed additional poison is forced into the body. The best way to remove a bee stinger is by gently scraping the site with a dull knife edge. The edge gets below the poison bag.