One of the most commonly used mosquito control methods is insect repellent spray. These sprays are a combination of different chemicals and other substances that help reduce the effects of mosquitoes. While these sprays are effective, they are only effective for a short period of time and also contain some harmful chemicals. Let’s take a closer look.
A pesticide that is found in almost every bug spray, and probably the main reason for their effectiveness, is DEET. DEET is “the most common synthetic insect repellent. Chemically known as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide; also called N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide. Because of these scientific names it is better known by its acronym, DEET.” (www.BugOff.com) The concentration of DEET in the spray determines how long it is effective for. For example, sprays that are 10% DEET are effective for about 2 hours. Scientists suggest not using products with over 50% DEET concentration and avoiding use of higher concentrations of DEET on children.
While insect repellent sprays are a great solution for short-term protection, they do not solve insect problems in the long run. Fortunately, there is a product that does take care of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs long-term, all without the use of chemicals! That product is the DynaTrap! Learn more about the DynaTrap here!