How To Safely Apply Insect Repellent

06/06/17 By Dana Szymkowiak

Applying insect repellent seems fairly simple: spray everything and you are done, right? Wrong!

If this sounds farmiliar, and this is the method you have been using for the last 20+ years, you may need to make some adjustments. 

tiger-mosquito-49141_640.jpgSometimes we spray and forget about certain key areas, or we spray incorrectly leaving ourselves with a bad taste in our mouth. Yes, you know that specific taste of repellent you get in your mouth each summer.

So, how should you apply insect repellent?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label. EPA recommends the following when using insect repellents:

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not apply repellents under your clothing.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face—spray on your hands first and then apply to your face.
  • Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.
  • If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.

Is Safetec’s insect repellant safe for children and pregnant women?

Yes, it is. Our pesticide-free formula contains the natural plantbased repellants Citronella oil and Soybean oil making it safer for use on both children and adults.

If you are interested in distributing our insect repellant this summer, please click here and fill out our short form to speak with one of our account managers!