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Mosquitos are a problem. Besides being incredibly annoying, they are also deadly disease vectors. Just a few of the things mosquitoes can carry include: Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, elephantiasis, encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever, and parasites. You can wear mosquito nets to completely avoid them, but those are just as annoying as the mosquitoes themselves. Permethrin clothing treatment is also very effective, but lets face it- we don’t always have time to lay out and treat our clothing. Spray repellent is arguably the easiest, most versatile solution to mosquitoes. While no spray is 100% effective, how can we cut through the marketing of these companies and see which is best?
Oxford scientists to the rescue! They conducted experiments and published them in a scientific journal marking their discoveries of different types of mosquito sprays and their effects. Some surprising results were inside, including DEET effectiveness and some natural mosquito repellent brands. While they did not test every spray available, they covered a pretty large range and even some common items such as perfume and lotions- with interesting results on those as well. Take a look to see which types of sprays you have been using stack up against the competition.