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Alternatives to Deet to protect yourself against mosquitoes.

if you are concerned about spraying that chemical on your kids, you might want to consider a repellent with lemon eucalyptus oil.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) -- The weather is warming up and, before you know it, mosquitoes will be out to feast on you and your family. Most bug sprays have DEET, which is a repellent that the Centers for Disease Control has recommended for years. But, if you're concerned about spraying that chemical on your kids, you might want to consider a repellent with lemon eucalyptus oil. The CDC recommends this as an effective mosquito repellent as well as DEET.

Some people even use essential oils to repel the bugs.

We also spoke with Brian Pickens, owner of Expert Pest Solutions in Springfield.

"We try to take precautions everywhere we go," said Pickens.

He says, when he needs a product to protect himself from bugs, he reaches for something with DEET.

"It's been researched for many years, and used for many years," said Pickens. "And, under normal circumstances, most people will never -- I've never had a reaction to it."

He says, as a father of three, he also uses it on his kids. He recommends applying it to your hands first, and then to children.

Pickens says applying any repellent is much better than skipping it and getting bit.

"Wearing long sleeve shirts, and wearing pants, is a great alternative," said Pickens. "Because, if you do that, they're not going to be able to bite you through those layers."

 


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