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    Eight Myths About Bug Repellent Debunked

    By By Catarina Cowden
    July 10, 2014, 9:05:52 AM EDT

    A few weeks ago we discussed the best bug sprays for protecting your skin this summer. After chatting with three different dermatologists the conclusion was made that it is extremely important to protect your skin from the annoying, blood sucking pests that we all know as mosquitoes.

    Bug spray is a must, and protecting yourself from mosquitoes means protecting yourself from life threatening diseases such as West Nile Virus, and less serious yet still bothersome rashes and reactions. But when anything becomes important for our safety, there is always something being offered as a quick fix. Whether it be myths about sunscreen, or myths about strength training, knowing the truth is what really matters when it comes to your safety.

    Here I’ve compiled a list of popular bug repellent myths roaming around the internet as well as in the hardware stores. Everything from foods that make you less attractive to bugs to special gadgets that will drive mosquitoes away. Knowing the truth about these 8 common myths can protect you from some serious bug bites this summer.

    One of the most commons myths is that DEET, the chemical found in most bug repellents, is dangerous. This is the myth that needs to be busted, because it is completely false, and DEET is very effective in protection. The EPA continues to approve the use of DEET and says that it does not present a health concern. It can be used on children and can prevent mosquito-borne illnesses as well as tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

    DEET is designed to be directly applied to your skin, and won’t kill the bugs, but instead prevents them from even smelling us. The Agency also concluded that the chemical does not negatively affect the environment or other species.

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    Debunking these myths

    could prove your safety this summer, or at least less skin irritation. Enjoy your summer, and trust the science. When it comes to myths like these, knowing the truth comes from the research that proves it, not just the popularity of a product.


    Stronger Repellent Means Fewer Mosquitos

    False, stronger repellents only last longer, and calls for less reapplication. This does not enable it to repel more mosquitoes.


    You Should Spray Repellent Like Perfume

    You should never spray repellent like perfume. It should be used similarly to sunscreen where you rub into all your skin. If you read the directions on any repellent bottle it will tell you how important it is to completely cover your skin.


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