Insects on Assateague Island
- Mosquitoes and other biting insects may be abundant on Assateague from May to November.
- They are most active at dawn and dusk but can be persistent any time.
- Biting insects, mainly flies, are prevalent on the beach when winds are coming from the west.
- Be prepared for insects when you visit Assateague.
You can protect yourself from biting insects by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and/or using insect repellents on your clothing and exposed skin. Repellents containing DEET (20% to 30%), Picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus can be very effective. Carefully follow instructions on the container.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a cautious approach be used when applying repellents with DEET on children (repellents with 10% or less on children ages 2-12 and never using repellents with DEET on infants). Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three. Wash treated skin after returning indoors. For more information visit the EPA website.