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Bite Back Tour: Bite-Free Families Recap

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Did you miss the Bite-Free Families episode? Watch now:

 See the Bite Back Tour: Season 2 schedule! 🙌🏽

How to be a Bite-Free Family 👩‍👦‍👦

Do you feel like you've tried everything when it comes to getting rid of mosquito bites? With so many gadgets and home remedies out there, how are residents still getting bites?

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So many questions to ask and we made the time to share our tricks & tips on how to be a Bite-Free Family. 

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During our Bite-Free Families episode of the Bite Back Tour, we discuss what you can do on the daily to protect your loved ones, including pets and kids, from vector-borne diseases

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Which Repellents Work? 🧐

Repellents must have 1 of the 4 following active ingredients:

🟢 Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus 🟢

🟠 Picaridin 🟠

🔵 DEET 🔵

🟡 IR3535 🟡

How to choose & apply repellent 

Choosing which repellent to use is a personal choice, as long as you choose 1 of the 4 CDC-recommended active ingredients: Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Picaridin, DEET, or IR3535.

The active ingredients will be printed on the front of any repellent bottle, along with a percentage, which is a range of how long protection will last -- like sunscreen. 

Similar to sunscreen, you apply evenly onto exposed skin whenever you are outdoors. This includes your face, however gently apply repellent onto your hands and then pat onto face.

Always follow the directions on the repellent bottle label and have adults apply repellent onto children. 

Repellent & sunscreen 

During the hotter months, when we need extra sun protection, make sure to apply sunscreen first and then apply repellent -- repellent should always be your top layer.

Traveling with repellent 

Check out your destination's website and travel advisories to determine if repellent is necessary for your trip. 

Repellent wipes come in handy for on-the-go and are compatible with carry on luggage rules. They are also great for kids who are hesitant about aerosol sprays. 

Repellent Myths 👀

Everyone has their favorite go-to's when it comes to protecting yourself and loved ones from mosquitoes, but are they effective? 🤔

We breakdown repellent myths during our episode and break some abuelas' hearts along the way ...



Sorry abuela but Vick's does not protect you or mask your scent from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to our warmth and what we breathe out, CO2. While Vick's helps comfort us in other ways, it will not protect us from getting bites. 

Repellent bracelets, clips, or fans 


Repellent bracelets, clips, and fans only protect that specific area. Unless you're willing to cover your entire body in repellent bracelets or fans, you're better off using repellent that covers exposed skin when you're outside.

Citronella candles or plants 


While citronella candles and plants work, they only work in that specific area. This means that a slight breeze can deter the direction of protection. Similar to other "repelling" devices, you'd have to cover your entire patio or yard with candles or plants in order to protect yourself from bites. Want an easier way? Wear repellent on exposed skin whenever outdoors. 

Here are 3 things you can do to create a bite-free home 🏠

(1) Check your yard for containers that capture mosquito-breeding water

recyclables, toys, bottle cap, bromeliad, indoor plans, rain barrels, small containers

(2) Cut down dense vegetation

dense vegetation attracts mosquitoes

(3) Choose to plant California Native Plants to save water & your home from mosquitoes

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Round up your neighbors and bite back! We help you take back your community with the Bite Back Program.

We have different grassroots methods to get mosquitoes out of your yard. Our Bite Back Outreach team is ready to help you build healthier, bite-free communities by bridging the gap between residents and experts.


🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant