Medical professionals say bug spray is the best way to prevent bug bites

Bug spray (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Bug spray is the number one medically recommended way of preventing bug bites, but there are different formulas out there to try.

"Some of the sprays have these terrible chemicals and things that I can't even pronounce," said Angel Parry, a Conway mom.

That's when she turned to essential oils.

"Tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, and citronella is actually an essential oil," said Parry.

Parry isn't wrong for being wary about store-bought bug spray.

"If you do use a deet product, it's not recommended under the age of two, so you would definitely want to look at something more holistic or natural for those age children," aid Michelle Lively, a nurse practitioner with CPG at Creel Street.

Many insect repellent products have deet.

"There's a lot of controversy that it does cause health problems but because of that they have done a lot of studies and found at the lower doses it's safe, so use it how it's recommended," said Lively.

Lively recommends parents only use low doses of deet on their children, if they use any at all.

"It really should be applied one time, so they don't recommend deet products along with suncare products in combination because sunscreen should be applied multiple times per day, and deet should only be applied once," said Lively.

You can also dress to protect.

"Clothing, if you could wear long sleeve or long pants when it's appropriate," said Lively.

But, one bite prevention method still comes out on top:

"Using insect repellent is probably one of the number one things," said Lively.


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