How to Apply Insect Repellent

How to Apply Insect Repellent & Bug Spray
What to Read, Shake, Spray, and Avoid

Mosquitoes & Ticks Spread Disease

River Region Pest Control will guard you and your family from these pesky insects when you’re at your home or office.

But you may need to use an Insect Repellent when you’re out and about to protect yourself from biting ticks and mosquitoes.

Watch the following 2 minute video from NPMA for excellent tips on the proper application of these over-the-counter bug repellents.

Credit: Pest World ¹

Video duration: 1:53

Insect Bites Can Be Harmful


“Watch this video to learn the proper way to apply insect repellent when spending time outdoors.”

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Apply Insect Repellent

Mosquitoes and ticks aren’t just pesky – their bites can be harmful.

Mosquito Insect Repellent

Mosquitoes can spread:

Tick Insect Repellent

Ticks can spread:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Powassan virus
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Tularemia
  • and more

Is There A Right Way To Apply Repellent?

  1. READ the product label, and follow the instructions carefully
  2. SHAKE well
  3. SPRAY evenly over exposed skin (6-8 inches from skin)
  4. SPRAY hands to apply to face
  5. AVOID eyes and nostrils
  6. SPRAY over clothing; keep feet and ankles covered

Which Repellents Are Effective?

The most effective repellents will include one of these ingredients:

  • ≥ 20% concentration of DEET
  • 20% concentration of PICARIDIN
  • 30% concentration of OIL OF LEMON EUCALYPTUS (or para-menthane-diol)
  • 20% concentration of IR3535

For longer-lasting protection, choose a repellent that offers a higher concentration of the active ingredient.

When Should I Apply Repellent?

To avoid mosquitoes, apply repellent when…

Outdoor Bug Spray for Skin

  • You will be outdoors, especially for many hours

Warm Humid Weather

  • You will be traveling to a warm, humid climate

Remember! While some mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, others will feed any time of day.

To avoid ticks, apply repellent when…

Avoid Ticks Outdoors

  • You will be in greenery where ticks live, such as wooded and grassy areas, or while gardening or doing yard work

Remember! Always walk in the center of a wooded trail to avoid contact with ticks.

Anything Else To Remember?

✔ Do:

  • Reapply as often as the label instructs
  • Apply sparingly around ears
  • Apply OVER sunscreen
  • Apply as directed on children and pregnant or breastfeeding women – it is safe and effective

⊘ Don’t:

  • Apply over open cuts and wounds
  • Apply on babies younger than 2 months of age
  • Apply oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children under 3 years of age

For more helpful videos, or to learn more about pest safety, visit: (linked below), official website for NPMA (National Pest Management Association).”

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¹ Visit the National Pest Management Association website, PestWorld, to learn more.