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an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feedingBites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - August 13, 2020
a dripping water faucetAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 20, 2020
A young woman applying sunscreen for UV protection and skin cancer preventionBites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - August 17, 2020 - 3 comments

What Are the Risks of Sunscreen and Bug Repellent Together?

Applying sunscreen and bug repellent at the same time can increase your absorption of the ingredients, unless the repellent is picaridin.

Terry Graedon - August 2, 2019

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

Joe Graedon - July 29, 2019

Beware Skeeter Syndrome: Mosquito Bites That Won’t Quit

Joe Graedon - July 1, 2019

How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

Joe Graedon - April 15, 2019

Bug Bites that Blister Respond to Hot Water

Terry Graedon - July 12, 2018

The Right Clothes Can Protect You from Ticks

mosquito (Aedes aegypti) biting a person's arm
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - July 2, 2018

Will Coconut Oil Protect You from Mosquitoes and Ticks?

A reader reports success using coconut oil on the skin to repel mosquitoes and ticks. There is a little science to support its use against tick bites.

Listerine bottle
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - June 25, 2018

Can You Make Mouthwash Double as Bug Spray?

One reader has found that old-fashioned amber Listerine can serve as a bug spray to keep mosquitoes and ticks from biting.

An Anopheles Arabiensis mosquito sucking blood
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - June 4, 2018

How Can You Keep Mosquitoes Away?

To keep mosquitoes away, you need a good repellent. DEET works, but it also can melt plastic. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus could be alternatives.

ticks on a blade of grass
BartonellosisTerry Graedon - May 3, 2018

Ticks and Mosquitoes Responsible for More Disease

Diseases spread through the bites of ticks and mosquitoes have become three times as common in the last dozen years, according to the CDC.

Dried licorice root fragments
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 16, 2017

Licorice Oil Calms the Heat of Fire Ant Stings

Licorice oil applied to cold sores, stings, burns and bites helps ease the pain and speed healing.

a mosquito on somone's skin
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)Terry Graedon - June 20, 2016

Who Is Right About the Best Mosquito Repellent?

Finding the best mosquito repellent can help you avoid infection with West Nile virus from mosquitoes or Lyme disease (carried by ticks).

Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her arm
a mosquito on somone's skin
a mosquito on somone's skin
mosquito (Aedes aegypti) biting a person's arm
a lone star tick on the end of a finger
Alpha-Gal AllergyTerry Graedon - May 7, 2012

Tick Bite Leads to Scary Allergy

A bite from a lone star tick can lead to a scary allergy to mammalian meat–beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, venison, and more–that could be a medical emergency.