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iVillage: 10 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Out of Your Yard

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Don't Forget To Protect Yourself

Before stepping outside, spray an insect repellent on exposed skin. The Center for Disease Control has identified three ingredients that are effective as long-lasting insect repellents: DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. “People have gotten very good at wearing sunscreen, and we want them to be diligent in using insect repellent as well,” said Missy Henricksen, of the National Pest Management Associaton. “Wear it every time you go outside.” Don’t go overboard with application, either. “We live in a society where people believe more is better. More insect repellent doesn’t do more,” she said. “ We recommend people follow the labeling instructions.”

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