So you have invested in making your yard mosquito free. Great decision! Now you can enjoy dinner on the patio, playing on the swing set and swimming in the pool without the threat of mosquitoes ruining the fun. But what happens when you have to leave your protected bubble?
Between summer camps, playing at parks (ones that are not protected by Mr. Mister) or going for a hike in the woods, you are bound to encounter the pesky mosquito. What can you do to protect yourself and your family in these scenarios? We have evaluated the mountain of information on the topic of mosquito control and make our recommendations here:
1. Bug Spray
2. Wrist-Bands, Clip-Ons and Things That Make Noise
The gold standard of mosquito repellents is DEET. DEET is a man-made product that is used in many insect repellents. Interestingly, scientists aren’t certain why DEET works. It doesn’t kill the insects — it just repels them.
DEET is not without controversy or side effects. In fact, DEET products can actually melt plastic. When used as directed, products containing between 10% to 30% DEET have been found by the American Academy of Pediatrics to be safe to use on children, as well as adults, but recommends that DEET not be used on infants less than two months old.
- Of the DEET-based products, we recommend Off Deep Woods Sportsmen II. This is a 30% DEET product that has been shown to last up to 8 hours.
- There are non-DEET products that also do a good job of repelling mosquitoes. Our research shows that Natrapel is the most effective of the non-DEET insect repellents. The active ingredient in Natrapel is Picaridin. Picaridin is a synthetic compound developed from a plant extract. Studies have shown picaridin to be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes. Unlike DEET, however, picaridin is odorless, non-greasy, and does not dissolve plastics or other synthetics.
- There are also many natural insect repellents available as well. These products generally contain different natural oils and vary greatly in their effectiveness. The natural product with the best reviews is Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus. The active ingredient is Oil of lemon eucalyptus. Claims are made that it lasts up to 6 hours.
Wrist-Bands, Clip-Ons and Things That Make Noise
Fear of mosquitoes has sparked an industry of companies that claim their device is the best thing since sliced bread. There are wrist-bands, sonic noise makers, patches and clip-ons. A couple of these products do a fair job of repelling mosquitoes, but most of them are a complete waste of money. Many of the products require batteries and refills.
Acta Tropica Journal conducted a through review of 7 of the most popular of these products. Their research determined that only the clip-on personal protectors offered any protection at all.
One of the clip-on devices (OFF!® Clip-On) contains Metofluthrin, a chemical that is even more toxic than DEET. While their home mosquito control is not up to par (see our blog article on mosquito control companies vs pest control companies), the only product that we can recommend from the study is Terminix® ALLCLEAR® Sidekick. The active ingredients in this personal protection clip-on are natural oils. Just remember this product requires battery changes and refills.
Also, dense swarms of mosquitoes may overwhelm devices that spread repellent in the air.
So now you know what Mr. Mister recommends when you and your family have to leave the safety of your mosquito protected yard. Call us for mosquito control Atlanta.