If you live in Alabama, it probably feels like you’re engaged in a nonstop battle against mosquitoes. Nothing can ruin the enjoyment of an otherwise gorgeous day quite like a swarm of these pesky insects, and it makes sense to apply mosquito repellent under such circumstances. Then again, however, maybe not. Like many folks, you may be under the impression that most mosquito repellents–especially those containing ingredients like picaridin and DEET–are dangerous or unsafe in some way. Even if you know better, you could very well harbor other misconceptions about repellent. Read on to learn the truth regarding the most common myths about mosquito repellent.
Natural Repellents are Better
It’s normal to be concerned about exposing yourself and your family to potentially dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately, many repellent companies try to capitalize on this by developing so-called “natural” repellents. Typically consisting of plant extracts and botanical ingredients, studies have shown that such repellents are woefully ineffective when compared with their chemical-based counterparts. While they may provide mild protection for brief jaunts outdoors, they must be reapplied frequently and do little or nothing to shield you from mosquito-borne diseases.
Repellent Should Be Applied Like Perfume
Contrary to popular belief, the scent from repellent isn’t exactly what keeps mosquitoes at bay. This misconception is precisely why many folks believe that repellent should be applied like perfume. However, spraying around and then walking through the mist does very little to really protect you. Instead of being applied like perfume, repellent should be applied more like sunscreen. Care should be taken to apply a thin layer over as much exposed skin as possible. Applying repellent to clothing does nothing other than make your clothes smell weird.
You’ll Be Bitten Less Often with Stronger Repellent
Another myth about mosquito repellent is that the stronger the product is, the better it is at scaring away mosquitoes. This makes sense on the face of things, but it couldn’t be less true. In reality, the strength of any given repellent reflects its concentration of active ingredients–and this determines how long the repellent will remain effective. Therefore, the stronger a repellent is, the longer you can go before reapplying it. Stronger formulas cost more, so reserve them for times when you will be exposed to mosquitoes for longer periods.
Smartphone Apps and Other Products Aren’t Gimmicks
Finally, there are plenty of companies out there that try to capitalize on people’s fear of mosquitoes by developing sketchy products that they claim will keep the pests at bay. From pills that you can swallow to ultrasonic devices that attract mosquitoes, these solutions will only lead to disappointment. Repellent isn’t a gimmick, however, and neither are MosquitoNix products. Whether you opt for regular fogging applications or for a mosquito misting system, you’re sure to be thrilled by what a difference they make around your Alabama yard.