During the summer, you aren't the only one spending more time outside. Not only are outdoor activities in full effect, so are the bugs. But don't let the pesky bugs keep you trapped indoors. Learn how to keep bugs away by following these important tips...

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Mosquitoes: Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they can transmit some serious diseases as well. They have been linked to spreading West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus and even dengue. The CDC recommends repelling them with products that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil with lemon eucalyptus. Ticks: Ticks can be a pain to treat and get rid of. To keep ticks at a distance, avoid tick-infested areas like areas with high grass. After coming indoors, check yourself, your kids, and even your pets for ticks. If you find an attached tick, do not panic. Ticks are easy to remove with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Consult your healthcare provider if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, fatigue or headache, stiff neck, disorientation in the one to three weeks following a bite. Prevention: The best way to prevent a general spectrum of bugs is the use of repellent containing 20% DEET. When using both sunscreen and repellent, apply sunscreen first (ideally 30 minutes before stepping outside), then add repellent. That way, you get the full benefits of both products! If you prefer natural bug repellent, try a product that contains lemon eucalyptus oil. Don't let pesky bugs get in your way of spending time outdoors this summer. Show the bugs who is boss and beat the bug war!