Insect Repellants 101: Do They Really Work?June 6, 2022
Summertime is synonymous with outdoor activities. Whether you’re swimming, hiking, or just relaxing in the backyard, there’s nothing quite like enjoying the great outdoors insect-free. Unfortunately, pesky mosquitoes and other bugs can put a damper on your fun.
That’s where insect repellants come in. But do they really work? And when should you call a professional pest control agent? Keep reading for answers to these questions and more!
Insect repellants work by releasing undetectable chemicals to humans but serve as a form of communication for insects. These chemicals send a message to potential pests that the area is occupied, causing them to avoid it altogether. Repellants can be applied directly to the skin or clothing or used in conjunction with mosquito nets or traps.
There are a variety of insect repellants on the market, each with its own set of pros and cons. For example, DEET is a common active ingredient in many repellents. It’s been proven effective against a wide range of insects, but some people find it irritating to the skin. Picaridin is another popular choice. It’s odorless, non-greasy, and gentle on the skin, but it doesn’t last as long as DEET.
When choosing an insect repellant, you should keep a few things in mind. First, consider what type of insects you’re trying to repel. Different repellents are effective against various kinds of insects. Second, think about how long you’ll need the repellent to work. For example, if you’re going on a short hike, you won’t need a repellent that lasts for hours. On the other hand, if you’re spending extended time outdoors, you’ll want a repellent with longer-lasting effects.
If you’re dealing with a serious insect problem, it’s best to call a professional pest control agent. These experts can help identify the source of your problem and develop a plan to get rid of the insects for good. In the meantime, they may also recommend using insect repellents to keep the pests at bay.
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