bug spraySummer is the time for camping, especially here in Piedmont. When camping season does finally roll around, you can count on mosquitoes being a part of the equation. While there are plenty of products out now that are intended to minimize mosquito bites and ultimately keep them away, how often do these repellents actually do what they promise?

At Ray Pest Control, we have plenty of experience with removing mosquitoes once and for all, and in that time we’ve discovered with forms of pest control merely provide us with high hopes of mosquito free days. In that time, we’ve also heard a few things about bug repellent products that we think it’s time to clear up.

Natural mosquito repellents are more effective than chemical ones.

This is a myth. While it is more commonly assumed that natural products will provide a better result, that isn’t the case for mosquito repellent. While going all natural may be a great idea, studies have shown that mosquito repellents with DEET and picaridin are actually going to be more successful than a natural base formula.

You only have to apply mosquito repellent in a few places for it to work.

Mosquitoes do have places on our body that they are more likely to bite, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of your body is any less appealing. When you spray mosquito repellent on your body, you need to apply it in a way that will cover your entire body. While the smell may be what repels them, you need to be able to have it all over your body. Think similarly to sunscreen or lotion.

Not every bug repellent will work, but the ones that you use and the ways that you apply them will definitely make a difference. As we go into camping season, take the time to really look into which mosquito repellents that you’re purchasing.