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Advice offered on preventing summertime bug bites

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(AP) -- The dog days of summer often bring disease-carrying bugs, so public health officials are offering reminders on how to avoid getting bitten.  

Mosquitoes and ticks are among the more common insects that can infect humans, and the Du Page County Health Department has issued a list of tips starting with using the right kind of repellant.  

For mosquitoes, recommended products include those that contain DEET, picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. The department also advises avoiding being outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.  

In tick-infested areas, the department says to apply permethrin-containing repellant to clothing. Tucking pants into socks and boots also can help.  

Public health officials say ticks should be removed from the skin promptly, ideally with tweezers. The ticks should be pulled straight out.  

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