Proper Application Helps Protect Families from Mosquito Bites

Applying a personal repellent correctly can help protect families from mosquito bites. That’s why SC Johnson, the maker of trusted brands like Raid® and OFF!®, recommends reading the product label before each application of a personal repellent to make sure you are using the product that’s right for you and your family. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the particular repellent you choose.

Personal repellents come in many forms, including lotions, aerosol sprays and wipes. They can contain active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin, in addition to others.

“Each repellent is made for different uses, so it’s important to read the label of the product you are using,” said Kelly M. Semrau, spokesman for SC Johnson. “There are many options, and it’s important to find an insect repellent that is right for what you and your family will be doing outdoors. We have 60 years of bug science research at SC Johnson and are committed to helping protect families from insects.”

Generally, the more DEET a personal repellent contains, the longer it will last. Higher concentrations of DEET work well during activities that involve being outside in potentially mosquito-infested areas for an extended period of time. Lower percentages work well for activities that keep you outside for only a few hours.

Personal repellents should be used on exposed skin and clothing to prevent mosquitoes from biting. Be sure to apply repellents only to exposed skin and clothing, and never underneath clothing. Some repellents should not be used with certain fabrics such as rayon, spandex, acetate or other synthetic fabrics. Always read and follow the labeled instructions before applying repellents to clothing.

When using personal repellent, avoid contact with eyes, lips and ears, and never spray or rub the product over cuts, wounds or irritated skin. To use repellent on your face, apply it to your hands first and then distribute it over your face and neck. If a personal repellent comes in contact with your eyes, wash them carefully with water. After applying, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap.

Do not allow children to handle repellents, and do not apply repellent to the hands of small children. Either spray or apply cream on your own hands first, and then rub it on your child. It is also important not to apply repellents in closed rooms or apply in excess. An evenly applied layer covering all exposed areas is best.

Every repellent has specific instructions for application, so always consult the product label before applying.