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An effective mosquito repellent is an ingredient applied directly to the skin, clothes, or any other surfaces that discourages mosquitoes from crawling or landing on that surface. While this method often works well, there are some areas where repellents may not be able to stop mosquitoes from crawling or landing. This can be a problem for some people who have a reaction to the repellents and end up causing more damage than they fixed. The following are some of the areas where your family needs to make sure their repellents do not irritate the skin or cause problems for their kids.


The first form with which families often encounter a reaction to their repellents is in the spray form. People may experience an irritation as soon as they spray the repellent on their skin and may be unable to continue spraying until their skin heals. Oftentimes the irritation is caused by parents spraying more than the amount necessary. In order to make sure that you are always using repellent properly, you should make sure that you use the correct amount of repellent. This is especially true if you are applying your repellent on yourself or your kids. Some people will be able to tell the difference between a teaspoon of repellent and a tablespoon of repellent when they are applying it to their skin.

When spraying a repellent, it is recommended to wait about 10 minutes before spraying the next coat. After completing the first layer—of two coats—people should wait at least one hour before spraying the second layer. 


Using the repellent on a regular basis is also important. Specific parts of your home or yard must be covered regularly in order to see some improvement. This includes all patios, porches, decks, and pools. This coverage will discourage mosquitoes from coming back so you eventually won’t have to worry about repellent at all. If still unsure about how long repellent should be used on the property, it can always be left on longer than recommended. If the mosquitoes are no longer biting, the repellent can be disposed of in an appropriate container. Repellent should never be disposed without taking the proper precautions as it

However, if mosquitoes do begin to return, it may be time to reintroduce a repellent or enlist professional help if the repellent is not successful. You can find professional pest control companies in your area by searching “mosquito control in Atlanta” or your particular locale. A great pet control company will have access to resources the general public may not have access to, such as stronger solutions or misting systems. Professionals will also be versed in proper disposal protocol, so this can help those new to pest treatment avoid potential allergic reactions via bacteria entering the body.


Common symptoms of an allergic reaction from using repellent can include redness or swelling of the eyes, nose, or throat, or itchy skin. If experiencing any of these symptoms, those affected should seek medical care. It is important to remember that these symptoms should only last an hour or two and should subside by themselves.

Besides the above side effects, repellent can also leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth after spraying for mosquitoes. Washing the mouth thoroughly after spraying repellent is important, otherwise the mouth may begin to rehydrate itself instead of drying out properly. This is what can cause a bad, unpleasant taste. If this happens, try rinsing with water as soon as possible.

Final Thoughts

Those who are spraying may also find that their skin feels slightly warm if the repellent contains too much water. Waiting around 20 minutes before washing or bathing will help to dry the area better. If there’s an itching sensation, a moisturizing cream can also help. Do your best to ensure that you are doing everything you can for your family in order to not get bit by mosquitoes.