While the CDC has been clear about what kinds of mosquito repellents work the best, myths about the product continue to circulate. According to the agency, chemical repellents that include DEET are the most effective way to repel the bugs. But, for a DEET repelling product to be effective, it must be used properly, and this means reapplying it regularly depending on how long you’re outside and at risk of being bit by a mosquito. Many people still believe the following three myths. If you’re using one of them, it’s time to embrace a chemical product for the safety of you and your family.
1. Natural Repellents are Best
Organic food has become popular because many people believe that natural products are better for their health. If you prefer to use products made from natural ingredients, then you may have extended this to your mosquito repellent. Tests show that mosquito repellents made from botanical ingredients do not repel the pests as well as DEET and picaridin. Today, you may see repellents made from peppermint, citronella, lavender and melaleuca essential oils. Often, these products are marketed as “DEET-Free” alternatives. But, they just don’t give you the protection that chemical-based mosquito repellents do.
2. Mosquito Repellents Made from Chemicals are Dangerous
A common myth about chemical mosquito repellents is that they are dangerous. As long as you use repellents that include DEET or picaridin properly, your health will not be at risk. Both products are used by millions of people every year with few serious health problems. Reports showing that mosquito repellents made with DEET or picaridin can damage plastic products or clothing exist, and while these reports may be accurate, it’s likely that high concentrated formulas were used.
In the United States, a number of mosquito repellents feature more than 95 percent DEET. Studies show that repellents with 10 percent DEET are as effective. Not only will a 10 percent repellent formula work as well, but it will also do so without negatively impacting your body or material possessions.
3. Gimmicks Repel Mosquitoes
A number of companies sell ultrasonic devices and traps that claim to repel mosquitoes. There’s even a smartphone app and a pill that say they repel mosquitoes. Keep in mind that researchers have been unable to prove that any of these gimmicks are able to protect you and your family from mosquito bites.
Stay Safe with the Facts
Mosquito repellent myths put you and your family at risk. Stay safe by using repellent that includes DEET or picaridin. To protect yourself and your family even more, contact a professional pest control company like MosquitoNix. Pest control experts can treat your property with mosquito removal products, making your outdoor spaces pleasant by ensuring that you can enjoy your yard in peace.
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!