Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Many people gathered outside over the weekend for graduation parties and realized that the mosquitoes have arrived.
In the last five years, the options to battle mosquito bites have grown significantly.
The typical can of "Off" or "Cutter" may not handle the job for everyone. People are looking for options that aren’t as messy, especially when it comes to applying bug preventives on children.
Sharon Sherman, a Garden Associate with the Home Depot, says spray repellent has become less popular with customers.
"Everything was kind of messy. You had to spray it on, you're like, ‘Okay, am I done yet," Sherman said.
Sherman says more customers are leaning towards options like a clip-on repellant, which cost around $7 and last up to 12 hours. Simply attach it to your belt or backpack.
"It controls everything around you like a little envelope,” Sherman said.
Colorful, fun, and spray-free, the DEET-free bug bands for kids are popular with parents selling for around $5 and offering up to 120 hours of protection
Mosquito fogger has been a top seller as well.
"It puts out a mist, puts out a fog. What you do is spray an area and it kind of protects it like a barrier,” Sherman said.
There is also spray that can be hooked up to the hose. Newer versions offer organic choices and help fight ticks as well.
For people with wooded areas on their property, a propane-powered insect fogger is said to sell for roughly $70.
If you're looking to cover a wider area there is the Mosquito Magnet, starting at $330 dollars, with the $750 model claiming to cover up to an acre.
"This is not a mosquito killer, this is an advance mosquito defense system,” Sherman said.
Mosquitoes multiply in standing pools of water and to help stop the spread, you can sprinkle Mosquito Bits into bird baths, potted plants or flower pots.
Tiki-torches offer an aesthetically pleasing alternative with color options for the flame such as red or blue and now refueling has been made simpler.
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