Bug sprays can be used in many different ways. Some are used on the body, while others can be used outdoors to spray in areas prone to ticks and mosquitos. The diseases these arachnids and insects carry can be extremely uncomfortable or even deadly.

Safe Bug Sprays to Use for My FamilyTicks carry bacteria which can cause Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, among others. Mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus and Zika Virus. Some municipalities use sprays in public areas to kill or disable these pests.

Individuals can also use bug sprays on themselves as needed. Some may worry bugs sprays are more dangerous than the narrow chance of the illness.

The safety and efficiency of both natural and traditional bug sprays have been established over time, giving consumers many options to pick a spray they feel good about using.

How to Choose

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which contain the following ingredients:

  • DEET
  • 2-undecanone
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • IR3535
  • Para-methane-diol

DEET is one of the most traditional insect repellents. It is made of diethyltoluamide and is safe, even directly on the skin. It is recommended particularly in areas where viral illness is likely to be spread by mosquitos. However, there are longstanding stories about neurological reactions to DEET. Though evidence in the sixty years since these stories first arose seems to prove safety, many prefer to use alternative sprays.

An in-between option for those wary of DEET but also looking for something that works is 2-Undecanone. It is an oil that can be lab-created or extracted from plants, like tomatoes. It is shown to work against ticks and mosquitos, and a North Carolina State University study shows it to be more effective than DEET.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus is popular for those looking for something strictly natural, and can also be used safely in pet versions of insect repellant. An added benefit is the sweet citrus smell from the lemon. Many natural solutions contain a spray version of oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Summer brings with it a host of pests. It is best to be prepared with sprays that protect your family during these times. Nothing ruins a vacation like the sudden onset of Lyme Disease. For help choosing a safe bug spray, give Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control a call today (207) 650-8654.