Health leaders recommend having a zika prevention kit in your home

Healthy Living: What to put in your home's Zika prevention kit
Healthy Living: What to put in your home's Zika prevention kit(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 6:43 AM EDT
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Zika is typically spread by mosquitoes, and keeping them away from your family is key.

In Healthy Living on WDBJ7 Mornin, Dr. Steve Osborn with American Family Care stopped by our studios with what to have in your home's Zika prevention kit.

Bug Spray: Use EPA registered insect repellents with one of these ingredients: DEET, picaridin or oil of eucalyptus.

Clothing Protection: Consumer Reports found "treating" your clothing is more effective than buying mosquito repellent clothing. Just spray clothing with permethrin that kills mosquitoes on contact, with no harmful side effects. Permethrin is a medicine and chemical used as an insect repellent and it is sold at local drug stores.

YELLOW "BUG LIGHT": A yellow outdoor bulb does not repel the bugs, but the American Mosquito Control Association says it will not attract them like some other incandescent lights.

DISENFECTANT WIPES: Keep a package of wet, disinfectant wipes handy, in case you sweat while hiking, exercising or doing yard work. Your body produces lactic acid as you exercise and mosquitoes cannot resist it. You should clean your skin off before reapplying bug spray will help detour bugs.