Repelling the Myths Behind Common Illinois Mosquito Repellents

 In Blog, Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Mosquitoes are a fact of life for people all over the world come spring and summertime. They are able to live in almost any kind of environment that reaches a suitable temperature. We have helped homeowners all over Illinois & Indiana set up mosquito barrier treatments and repellent plans, but during these processes, we are often asked, “is this 100% safe for me and my family?”

There is a lot of misinformation around about mosquito control and the hazards it comes with. That’s why the technicians at Anderson Pest Solutions are here to teach you about your options and assure you that you can rest easy when you hire a professional pest control company.

Are Mosquito Repellents Dangerous?

Some people are wary of the synthetic, chemical-based bug sprays and insecticides that are available in stores. Although this is not without reason, if you select an EPA-approved mosquito control product and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, you will not put yourself, your family, or your pets, or your plants at risk of any harm.

The most popular chemical insect repellent is DEET. When used in healthy amounts (as per the label’s recommendation), DEET can provide anywhere from three to six hours of protection against mosquitoes and many other kinds of insects. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician about use on children.

Natural Mosquito Repellent Choices

If you still don’t like the idea of using a chemical-based mosquito repellent, there are options to choose from to help you repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes find hosts to feed on by using their sense of smell to detect carbon dioxide from our exhalation. This means that strong fragrances can be used to repel mosquitoes.

Many natural mosquito repellents involve the use of essential oils diluted with a carrier oil. These mixtures are then either made into sprays or rubbed onto the skin. Some of the most common essential oils used to repel mosquitoes include:

  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Citronella
  • Cinnamon
  • Thyme, and more

Professional Mosquito Control for Illinois & Indiana

When you need to step up your mosquito control strategies, you can trust your local pest control company to handle your problems safely. The licensed, certified technicians at Anderson Pest Solutions are equipped with EPA-approved products and the knowledge to use them carefully and effectively. To learn more about our safety measures or for a free mosquito control quote, reach out to us today!

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