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Bug Off!

Warmer weather brings out the birds and the bees--and all sorts of other bugs. Summertime pests are not only a nuisance; they can also carry and transmit harmful diseases. How can you get these bugs to buzz off? Here are some tips.

If you are eating and drinking outdoors, be safe before taking a bite or a gulp. Pour sodas into clear plastic cups instead of drinking from a can.

If you are stung by a wasp or a bee, carefully remove the stinger if you can see it. Then squeeze out any venom, wash with soap and water, and treat with an antibiotic ointment. Treat with ice if there is any swelling.

Use a repellent with DEET to protect against mosquito bites. Do not use products containing DEET on children under the age of two months. Only use sparingly on kids.

If you are entering an area with lots of mosquitoes, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Tuck the bottom of your pant legs into your socks.

At Equitable in Des Moines, Iowa, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.

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