When a single mosquito bite has the potential to expose your family to daunting diseases like Zika and West Nile, it’s time to get serious about protecting yourself and those you love from these buzzing, flying health hazards. How do you choose the right mosquito repellent for your family?
Read the Ingredients
The list of substances that people say keep mosquitoes away is pretty lengthy. The list of things that experts agree will repel mosquitoes is far shorter. Why waste your time, money and effort on a product that might not keep your family safe? When shopping for a mosquito repellent, read the list of ingredients carefully. The Centers for Disease Control recommends opting for a product that lists oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, IR3535, 2-undecanone, picaridin or DEET among its active ingredients.
Think About Safety
If a little is good, then more is better, right? That’s not necessarily true. In fact, high concentrations of chemicals like DEET can irritate the skin, so don’t assume a product is better simply because it promises that its formula contains more of an additional ingredient. Instead, look at the application instructions and make sure that you understand how a product should be applied. You’ll also want to consider how frequently it needs to be reapplied. Finally, it’s always a smart move to select a product that is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-registered insect repellents have been proven safe when used properly.
It may seem like a petty concern, but comfort matters. After all, if an insect repellent smells horrid or feels awful on your skin, then you’re less likely to use it. When it comes to insect repellents, you’ll find lots of options on store shelves, so you can choose one that suits your style. Both fragrance and fragrance-free formulas are available. Insect repellents also come in a variety of formats, including lotions, creams, sprays and wipes.
Even the best topical insect repellent will only keep mosquitoes away if it is applied properly. Unfortunately, applying and reapplying repellents can be a bit of a hassle, and many people don’t remember that they need to use a repellent until they are bitten. That’s why MosquitoNix’s misting systems, fogging treatments and portable mosquito control systems are so refreshing. These environmentally friendly and highly effective systems are designed to protect commercial and residential spaces by eliminating troublesome pests like mosquitoes, flies, midges, no-see-ums and ticks. When the space you are occupying is protected, there’s no need to worry about repeatedly slathering your skin with insect repellents. You can simply concentrate on enjoying the outside lifestyle that you love.
If you need help in eliminating these pesky biting insects from your yard, our San Antonio, Texas Team here at MosquitoNix® is here to help!