Over the years, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether mosquito repellent sprays are truly safe to use. For many people, using chemicals seems much more harmful than getting bitten by a tiny mosquito. That’s why we’ve decided to discuss the safety of mosquito sprays and which of them actually work.
Are mosquito repellents safe?
The terrible smell isn’t the only thing that tends to put people off of using mosquito sprays. The mere thought of spraying chemicals on their bodies also discourages people from applying mosquito repellents. Most people think that, since the repellents contain chemicals, they can’t possibly be good for you. But, that isn’t entirely true!
Mosquito repellents are actually completely safe to use. This is especially true if you consider the fact that by keeping the mosquitoes away, they stop us from being infected with the mosquito-borne diseases these insects can carry. The counterargument to this is usually that mosquito sprays can cause allergic reactions in some people. But in reality, these allergic reactions are similar to those that so many of us get from using regular hygiene products or perfumes. So, why don’t people regard those products as a health risk, too?
On top of that, for mosquito repellent sprays to be truly harmful to you or pose a serious health risk, you’d have to ingest them or use them in a way that would result in large amounts of the liquid getting into your system. So, if you use your bug spray as recommended on the label, you should be completely fine. There’s nothing more serious to fear than a mild skin reaction, which is completely treatable and usually goes away on its own.
Are all mosquito repellent sprays safe?
The answer is a unanimous “Yes!” But is this true for all insecticides used in mosquito repellents, including DEET? In fact, DEET, picaridin (another man-made insect repellent), and lemon eucalyptus oil (a non-chemical option) are not only safe but also actually efficient at fighting mosquitoes. These ingredients can keep mosquitoes away for hours.
Of course, you can also use other more natural options such as essential oils with mosquito-repelling abilities like tea tree oil or lavender oil. These oils aren’t as long lasting, so you’ll have to reapply your mosquito protection more often when you use them.
What about different strength mosquito repellents?
Will some of those tropical-strength repellents protect you better than the regular sprays? The answer to this is that you don’t need a special strength repellent to be safe from mosquitoes. This is especially true if you’re only spraying the repellent on your clothes and exposed skin.
The truth is that all repellents will protect you. The difference lies in how long they’ll last and how soon you’ll need to reapply the repellent. So, any mosquito spray containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil will fully protect you from mosquitoes. Use these sprays to keep the little annoying insects that carry diseases like malaria, Zika, and dengue fever far away.