How to Select the Best Mosquito Repellant for You

Mosquito repellant, pyrethrum, pyrethroidsHave mosquitoes been making your life miserable? If you’ve had enough of their annoying bites and have decided to rid yourself of these pests, you’ve probably been looking for a way to banish mosquitoes for good.

As you may have already discovered, there are many mosquito repellant options available to you. To help make the decision a little bit easier, let’s look at some of the most important factors you need to consider when selecting a mosquito repellant product.

Chemical ingredients: You should always research the ingredients of the insecticides (and any other chemical products) you use. For one thing, you want to avoid any chemicals to which you may have had a negative reaction in the past. You also need to be aware of any safety precautions or special usage/handling guidelines for specific chemicals. Many popular insecticides fall under a category known as pyrethroids. These are synthetic (man-made) versions of the plant-based chemical pyrethrum, which has insecticide properties. Of course, if you prefer a more natural product, you can always go with pyrethrin products, which are actually derived from plants. Both are very effective at killing a wide variety of insects and produce quick results. Tip: you may want to look for a product that contains a growth regulator chemical, which can help eliminate the problem in the long-term.

Application method: You have several choices of application methods. Some mosquito repellants come in a liquid form that is applied by spraying—similar to many other insect-repellant sprays. This is a good option for individual use in small spaces, and when you want immediate results via on-contact kills. There are also mosquito misting machines and foggers. These are ideal for larger areas, and for when you want ongoing control. They provide long-term, continuous protection—and can often be programmed to work automatically, according to whatever schedule you prefer. If you need to treat a large area of property, truck-mounted foggers are a convenient way to distribute the mosquito repellant quickly and easily. When considering the different application methods, you will want to think about the size and type of space involved, the amount of time and energy you can invest in this task, and your budget.

Price: Not surprisingly, prices vary widely when it comes to mosquito repellant options. A basic spray product can be very inexpensive. At the other end of the spectrum, there are the automated and electric foggers and misting systems, which can be more costly (although they provide much more insect-fighting protection). To get the best bang for your buck, look for mosquito repellants that are also effective at killing many other types of insects. This way, you can save money by using just one product, instead of buying several.

ePest has a wide variety of mosquito repellant products, so you’ll be sure to find quite a few that can fit your needs.

Monica Bird (922 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.