Choose the Best Insect Repellent

How to Choose the Best Insect Repellent

August 29, 2017

How to Find the Best Insect Repellent for Your Home

If you are struggling with mosquitoes or insects, you are likely wondering how you should approach the problem. Though it will certainly help to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed, you will also need to use an effective insect repellent. Let’s take a look at the basics of the best insect repellents to help you select the variety that is ideal for your mosquito problem as well as your well-being.

The Two Types of Mosquito Repellents

Mosquito repellents are generally grouped into two categories: those made with essential oils derived from plants and those made with chemicals. One of the most commonly used chemicals for insect repellent is DEET. This is an acronym that stands for N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide. Those who use insect repellents with chemicals will likely find DEET listed in the section that describes the treatment’s formula. Though DEET is effective at repelling mosquitoes, it poses some health concerns. There is some evidence DEET might cause skin rashes, respiratory issues, eye irritation and other issues. Products with an especially large amount of DEET will protect against insect bites for extended periods of time yet they might also compromise human health.

Picaridin is also fairly effective in the fight against mosquitoes. It is a man-made product that repels numerous types of mosquitoes. The downside to picaridin is that it does not last as long as DEET and some other chemicals. In general, picaridin will repel mosquitoes for upwards of an hour and a half.

Insect repellents containing permethrin have also proven effective. Permethrin can be used for additional protection yet it should never be sprayed directly onto the skin, as it is toxic to humans. Rather, an application of a mosquito repellent with permethrin may be safe and effective on gear and clothes. Just be sure to let the clothes dry before putting them on.

The Natural Route

The use of all-natural ingredients for insect repellent is becoming more popular as time progresses. As an example, Mosquito Magician makes use of rosemary, citronella, garlic, lemongrass, Geraniol, and cedar. These essential oils are blended together and combined with proprietary inert ingredients for a thorough application. Repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus are especially effective against mosquitoes, ticks, and gnats. Other examples of plant-based essential oils that are effective in the fight against mosquitoes include eucalyptus, peppermint, and soybean.

When properly combined, all-natural insect repellents protect people, pets and land against mosquitoes just as well, if not better, then mosquitoes containing DEET or picaridin. There is no threat to human health when one sprays all-natural insect repellent like there is when a chemical-laden repellent is sprayed.

The appeal of using a mosquito repellent with all-natural ingredients is there is no concern regarding safety for people, pets or the environment. Unlike mosquito repellent sprays containing DEET and other chemicals, completely natural mosquito killers made with essential oils are completely non-toxic. The bottom line is there is no need to apply potentially toxic chemicals to eliminate your mosquito problem.