Infographics: Prevent Bug Bites
Prevent Bug Bites
What to know before you go. Bugs can spread diseases.
Travelers to tropical and other destinations should take steps to prevent bug bites.
- Protect yourself.
- Wearing insect repellent with at least 20% DEET protects against mosquito and tick bites.
- Use insect repellents according to package directions, and reapply as directed. Higher percentages of the active ingredient provide longer duration of protection.
- Apply protection. When applying both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first, let it dry, then apply insect repellent.
- Other ways to prevent bug bites:
- Wear long sleeves and pants.
- Use permethrin-treated gear and clothing.
- Sleep in places that are air conditioned or screened against bugs.
- Sleep under a bed net if sleeping area is exposed to the outdoors.
- Examples of diseases spread by bugs:
- Mosquitoes: dengue, chikungunya, malaria, Zika, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis
- Ticks: African tick-bite fever, Mediterranean spotted fever, tickborne encephalitis
- Other: scrub typhus (chiggers), plague (fleas), sleeping sickness (tsetse flies)
- See a doctor if you get sick after traveling and tell the doctor you traveled.
For more information: call 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit www.cdc.gov/travel
- Page created: April 10, 2015
- Page last updated: January 09, 2018
- Page last reviewed: January 09, 2018
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