Sprays to Scare Pests Away
spending large amounts of time outdoors, repellent sprays are
an essential tool to keep insects from biting you.
Insect bites can spread disease as well as leave an itchy
rash. Repellent sprays are perfect for occasional
use when spending an extended amount of time outdoors that
would otherwise be unpleasant. Before choosing a
repellent spray, make sure to consider different properties of
each product and follow the directions carefully.
Many insects are
attracted to us through our smells, temperature, and
movement. Our warm blood is
perfect for insects like mosquitoes to get a meal for egg
laying and nutrition. Popular
chemicals such as DEET (chemical name
N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) do not repel insects, but they
rather make your body “invisible”
or unattractive for biting
insects. Repellent sprays are
also created to work in short distances, so you might see
insects such as mosquitoes flying nearby even though the
product is working effectively.
sprays contain harmful chemicals.
It’s important to follow directions carefully when
applying doses on your body. If
applied in excess, repellent sprays can cause serious
illness. Some repellent sprays
have sunscreens added to their recipes, however the spray
should not be used instead of regular
sunscreen. Only use repellent
sprays as intended – to repel insects – and not as a means to
replace other lotions such as sunscreen.
Choosing the Right
When choosing the
right repellent spray for you, make sure you choose the spray
intended for the coverage you need.
For instance, if ticks are the problematic insect in your
area then make sure to use a spray that is specific for tick
repellent. It is important to
plan your trip outdoors and know which type of insects from
which you will need protection.
repellent sprays, more is never
better. As with any chemical
dose for the body, the safest amount is the least amount that
is most effective. Adding
additional repellent spray will not increase insect protection
after the maximized dosage has been
applied. For instance, DEET
applications are recommended at thirty percent or
Another aspect to
consider when applying repellent spray is how often you get
bitten. Insects tend to
gravitate towards certain body types.
Children will likely get bitten more than adults, and
people who sweat heavier than others will also attract a
greater number of insects.
Perfumes and cologne also tend to attract more insects,
so when using repellent sprays limit any kind of usage with
perfumes or cologne.
Finally, it is
recommended that any repellent spray you use is approved by
local health governments. Your
local health department will ensure that the chemicals listed
on the label are safe for public
consumption. They can also give
you descriptions of any chemical that is not familiar on the
label if you wish to research further.
To fully enjoy your
outdoor journey, choosing the right repellent spray will ensure
insects will stay away and keep you from annoying
bites. As long as repellent
sprays are applied properly, you are guaranteed to keep nasty
bites and itchiness away.