Many people believe that dryer sheets have the power to repel mosquitoes, but how much truth is there behind this belief? Most insects are extremely sensitive to strong scents, such as citronella, peppermint and other essential oils, so it would make sense that dryer sheets would have a similar effect. Let’s find out from the experts at MosquitoNix®.
A study by the University of Illinois was conducted to test if dryer sheets repel fungus gnats. While they did not test for mosquitoes specifically, the results may still shock you. The use of Bounce® brand dryer sheets found around a 50 percent decrease in the number of fungus gnats inside of the testing radius.
This may be great news for those with a fungus gnat infestation, but what does this mean for those suffering through a nasty mosquito infestation? Unfortunately, this study does not reveal much when it comes to mosquitoes, but the successful repelling of fungus gnats may be enough for you to experiment with your own dryer sheets. Luckily, you don’t need to — there are plenty of mosquito repellents on the market that will keep these pests away.
Other Mosquito Repellents
As we’ve found, certain strong scents have the ability to block the insects’ sense of smell, which would prevent them from being able to detect and take a bite out of you or a loved one. Many of these scents are natural and provide an eco-friendly way to repel those annoying mosquitoes.
Various essential oils have been reported to significant repellent properties. Oils such as citronella, lemon eucalyptus, clove, peppermint and lemongrass are majorly offensive odors to mosquitoes. You can find these fragrances in essential oil diffusers or make your own topical spray by diluting one of these oils in water. Clove is actually one of the active ingredients in many brand-name insect repellent sprays.
Studies have shown that some of these natural essential oils can provide complete protection for hours after application. If you are thinking about using essential oils as a mosquito repellent, look for concentrations ranging from 5 to 10 percent. Anything higher irritate skin in both animals and humans.
Effective Repellent with MosquitoNix®
While DIY and natural mosquito repellents are wonderful options, sometimes they are not enough to provide the protection you and your family need. Essential oils provide insufficient protection from mosquito-borne disease in larger outdoor gatherings.
If you’re looking for serious mosquito control, you’ve come to the right place. MosquitoNix provides a plethora of mosquito control devices that will keep those pesky and dangerous pests away. For large events, such as weddings and backyard parties, try our Fogging Treatments. If you want continuous mosquito control in your backyard or property, try our custom misting systems. Last, but certainly not least, MosquitoNix provides a portable misting device that allows you to be protected from mosquito-borne illness on the go. When it comes to critters as annoying and dangerous as mosquitoes, it is important to get the help of a professional. Allow MosquitoNix to Make Mosquitoes a Thing of the Past.
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