MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- Camping season is upon us in the U.P. and the Michigan D.N.R. has a few reminders about protecting yourself against pesky insects.
If you're planning on camping or just going for a hike, bring sufficient bug spray with an appropriate amount of DEET.
DEET, or diethyltoluamide, is the active ingredient in most bug repellents and can be harmful to children in large doses. You can also wear long sleeve shirts or long pants that fit tight around the wrist or ankle. Bug net hats can also be worn to protect the head and neck against biting insects.
When choosing a place to camp, avoid stagnant water or wetland areas. Citronella candles can also be burned near sitting areas to help ward off mosquitoes and other biting insects.
“Summertime, especially when the weather been nice like it has been, it's definitely a time when you want to be outside in the Upper Peninsula,” said John Pepin, Spokesperson for the Marquette D.N.R. “If mosquitoes are a problem or might deter you from going outside, there are precautions you can take. It's not a time to be staying indoors when you can get outside.”
More information on mosquitoes, how to avoid them and potential risks can be found on the Michigan D.N.R. website at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr
Additional information on mosquitoes can be found at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Marquette County Health Department websites.