We know you want the absolute best for your children. But when it comes to protecting them from bug bites, it’s not always easy to tell what’s good for them or what’s potentially harmful. As your kids go back to school – but the warm weather continues – make sure you make the right choice for them! Here are some pest control options they can have at school.
Back-to-school pest control options
The term “pest repellent” applies to a wide range of different concoctions and devices, all designed to keep bugs away – not kill them. Here we go over some of the most common types of pesticides to give you an idea of all the pest control options you have!
Pest repellent spray
The first thing that probably comes to mind when you hear “pest repellent” is bug spray! It is a popular, affordable and effective option to keep both mosquitoes and ticks in the bay. While many bug sprays feel sticky on your skin and give off an unpleasant odor, the popularity of this type of product has led to much higher quality options.
Natural Bug Spray
While bug sprays containing DEET are effective, you should look into natural bug sprays if you’re looking for fewer chemicals in your life. It typically contains all natural oils that bugs like mosquitoes don’t like to be around.
Garden with pests in mind
For an even more natural option, try planting pest-repellent plants! Many plants and flowers naturally repel certain bugs as a defense mechanism (fascinating, right?) and can be planted strategically. See if your child’s school will consider planting peppermint or chrysanthemums!
So what is the best choice for your children?
As with many parenting decisions, the answer will depend on your family! Some people prefer to limit the amount of DEET used, especially around their children, and will opt for natural bug sprays. Although they need to be applied more frequently than sprays containing DEET, they still get the job done.
If your kids still can’t avoid bug bites, you can also dress them up to deter pests! Let them wear loose, long-sleeved clothes (if they don’t have to spend too much time outside in the heat) in muted colors. The muted colors will attract fewer bugs, and the bugs won’t have as much access to their skin if they wear longer clothes. Sending them to school in socks and shoes instead of sandals will also help a lot, especially if they run around in the grass!
Be sure to apply bug spray to your children, wash your hands well after applying and avoid spraying bug spray near food or drinks. It’s also a good idea to avoid products that claim to do more than one thing at once—like sunscreen insect repellent.
Do you have pest problems at home?
School may have started back, but there are still plenty of hot days ahead! Don’t let a pest problem stop you from making a last minute move summer memories. Vulcan Termite has been providing Birmingham with superior pest control since 1965, and we look forward to doing the same for your family. Call us today to get started, and enjoy the outdoors again!