Over the years, there has been a lot of speculation about if mosquito repellent sprays truly are safe to use, because to many they seem much more harmful that getting bitten by a small mosquito. Which is why in this article we examine the safety of mosquito sprays and which of them actually work.
Terrible smell isn’t the only thing that tends to put off people from using mosquito sprays. The thought of spraying chemicals on yourself also is one of things that discourages people from being safe from mosquitoes by applying mosquito repellent. Most people think that, since the repellents do contain chemicals, they couldn’t possibly be healthy for you. However, that isn’t entirely true!
Mosquito repellents actually are completely safe to us, especially if you consider the fact, that they keep the mosquitoes away and prevent us from getting infected by one of multiple mosquito-borne diseases these insects carry. The counterargument to this usually is that mosquito sprays can cause allergic reactions to some people. But in reality these allergic reactions are similar to those, that so many of us get form using regular hygiene products or even perfume. So why don’t don’t people regard these products as a health risk?
On top of that, for mosquito repellent sprays to be truly harmful to you and pose a serious health risk, you would have to ingest them or use them in any other fashion, that would result in large amounts of the repellent liquid getting into your system. So if you use your bug spray as it is recommended on the label, you should be completely fine, and nothing more than a mild skin reaction can arise, which of course is completely treatable and usually goes away on its own.
But is it true for all insecticides that are used in mosquito repellents, including chemicals like DEET? Are all mosquito repellent sprays safe? The answer is a unanimous yes. In fact DEET along with picaridin, which is another artificially made insect repelling substance, and lemon eucalyptus oil, which is a non-chemical option, are the ingredients that are not only safe, but also actually efficient in the fight against mosquitoes and will keep them away from you for hours. Of course you can also use other more natural options like essential oils with known mosquito repelling abilities, for example tea tree oil or slanderer oil, but these oils don’t have a long-lasting effect and therefore you won’t be protected from mosquitoes for long by using them.
And what about different grade and strength mosquito repellents? Will some of those so called tropical strength repellents will protect you better than regular bug sprays that can be bought in your local stores? The replay to this is that you don’t need special strength repellent, to be protected against mosquitoes. And it is especially true if you will just be spraying the repellent on your clothes and skin that is exposed beyond the clothing, because all repellents are made to protect you. The difference in them usually is that how long they last and after what time you need to reapply the repellent. So get any mosquito spray that contains DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus and you should be fully protected from the little annoying insects that tend to carry diseases like malaria, Zika virus, dengue fever and others.