Pesky insects are no fun when you’re trying to enjoy a nice night outdoors. Between commercially sold insect repellent, citronella candles and natural remedies, there are different ways to protect yourself against the annoying bugs. So which one should you choose?
According to experts, DEET is the best way to get rid of insects. DEET, diethyl toluamide, can be integrated into repellent in two ways — through a controlled release formula or in high concentrations. And the control-release formula has been tested to be the most effective, as a case study published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that DEET at 6.7 percent did not register a bite until 112 minutes.
In that same study, citronella was also tested, and at 10 percent, a bite registered at 19.7 minutes. Citronella candles are widely available, but their effectiveness is not necessarily as strong as a product containing DEET.
Another option for insect repellent is treating your clothes with permethrin. It is effective against ticks, mosquitoes, mites and 50 other insects, and it’s considered to be biodegradable because when tested it was shown not to accumulate in the environment.
Natural remedies that include soybean oil, geranium oil and crushed chrysanthemums do repel insects, however their duration in doing so is unpredictable. The bottom line is you have to decide if effectiveness or longevity are more important for you and go from there.
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