Protect Your Children, Know What Bug Spray is Best

Group of kids racing a dogThe Environmental Working Group or the EWG scientists have ranked repellents in order of effectiveness against the Aedes mosquito thought to be the primary Zika virus carrier:

Most effective

  • DEET (20-30 percent concentration)
  • Picaridin (20 percent concentration)
  • IR 3535 (20 percent concentration)

In laboratory conditions, these repellents offer strong protection from the Aedes mosquito for at least four hours. It’s important to reapply after swimming and sweating.

Less effective

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus

Not effective

  • Vitamin B1 patches
  • Essential oils

Some essential oils may work for short periods, but others are ineffective against Aedes mosquitoes. Due to the serious risks posed by Zika, EWG does not recommend blends of essential oils for people at risk of mosquito-borne infection.

Zika is not the only disease transmitted by mosquitoes or other insects.

The West Nile virus has been detected in the Aedes species and numerous other types of mosquitoes that live in the U.S.

All these illnesses and other pest-borne diseases can have serious and, in the case of newborns, devastating  consequences. Many experts expect to see more cases in the future as the warming climate expands the habitat of species that spread pathogens.

Many people are understandably concerned about the possible drawbacks of common insect repellents such as DEET. In researching our 2013 report, we spent 18 months digging into the question: What are the safest and most effective ways to prevent bug bites and the diseases they may transmit?

We concluded that there is no sure, completely safe way to prevent bug bites. All bug repellents have pros and cons. But some repellents are effective and relatively low in toxicity — provided you take precautions when using them, particularly on children. Read More Here.

Remember that in addition to bug repellant, Preferred Pest Termite and Turf also offers yard spraying. Many of the options Preferred Pest can spray are kid and pet safe. So do what’s best for your family and protect them against some of natures worst enemies. Call Preferred Pest Termite and Turf today at 865-297-3789.


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