What is the Best Mosquito Repellent?
The most commonly recognized and the most widely utilized commercial preparations all contain DEET, sometimes up to 100% concentration. While it is generally effective, its prolonged use can result in possible damage to brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET has caused brain cell death and resulting behavioral changes in laboratory rats. Neurons actually died in regions of the brain that control concentration, memory, learning and muscle movement and are wholly consistent with symptoms in soldiers and civilians following DEET use in the Persian Gulf War. Some of these symptoms are just starting to appear, creating no end of heartache and tribulations for our veterans and their families. Testing is still underway to determine if there is a safe concentration and what safety guidelines will guarantee the safe use of DEET, if any. You should use extreme caution when using DEET in any concentration and should definitely NOT combine the use of DEET with any other pesticide.
Instead, you should rely upon all natural repellents. We have a number of all natural Mosquito Repellents that are so much less expensive than DEET, don’t require the same cautions for use as DEET and that don’t have any of the harmful side effects of DEET, on you, your family, your pets or on the environment.
The first is St. Gabriel Organics Mosquito Repellent. It comes in a 32-ounce sprayer that attaches to the end of your garden hose and is for mosquito control over large outdoor areas. One economical and easy-to-use sprayer will protect up to 5,000 square feet and lasts for up to 60 days. Not only does this solution provide full mosquito control, it acts as a barrier against fleas, ticks and gnats. You don’t have to worry about odor either. It becomes odorless within minutes of its application.
If you prefer a granular repellent, consider using Dr. T’s Mosquito Repelling Granules. This reasonably priced alternative to expensive chemical treatments will protect up to 4,000 square feet and provide protection for up to 3-weeks, much longer than most chemically-based treatments. You just spread it over the area the night before your outdoor activity. The effectiveness of the granules is not destroyed by rain or other weather conditions, though for the very best results, it should remain dry for the first 48 hours after application.
NOCDOWN III – Insect, Mosquito and Snake Repellent is a chemical-free cedar oil that is lethal to mosquitoes, snakes and other non-beneficial insects that are driven by odor and heat stimuli. This solution interferes with the creatures’ receptors that enable them to detect food and likely habitat for reproduction. When this happens, they either relocate or die. 100% safe for your children, your pets and for the environment, it has a zero toxicity rating and no allergens. Sight-driven beneficial critters like frogs, butterflies, garden-snakes and ladybugs will not be driven away. Highly concentrated, you can use it in hand sprayers, foggers or in irrigation systems for large areas. Applying just prior to a rainfall will actually help the absorption into the soil. It will also control flies, silverfish, chiggers, fire ants, fruit flies, spiders, mites, ticks, grasshoppers, Japanese beetles and many others.
Finally, in order to control the breeding grounds of mosquitoes, use Summit Mosquito Dunks®. By being aware of the areas that water collects around your house, like in bird baths, ponds, gutters, low areas in your yard, etc. you can be proactive in making sure these noxious pests don’t breed near your home. The Dunks are completely biodegradable and when left in areas that are dry that are known to collect water, they will activate upon becoming wet. In fact, you can leave them in place and let them dry out and when it rains or you water, they will reactivate and ‘get to work’ again. What could be easier than that?