Mosquito Repellent Coils: Are They Safe?
You might see mosquito repellent coils in the store and wonder if they are safe to use around your children, pets, and loved ones. Our mosquito control experts explain what ingredients you might find in these coils and explore their efficacy and safety in comparison to other mosquito repellent methods.
What Are Mosquito Coils Made Of?
Most repellent coils use a combination of pyrethrin and binding agents. This recipe is much like the original mixture of chrysanthemum-based pyrethrum and sawdust from the late 1800s. Modern versions may also use citronella and other natural or man-made products that help repel mosquitoes.
Each brand may use a different ratio of products, which can affect the strength and efficiency of the burning coil. Be sure to check the ingredients before purchase that to ensure you aren’t allergic to any components and follow all handling directions to maximize safety.
How Do Mosquito Repellent Coils Work?
Manufacturers press the mixture of pyrethrin and one or more binding agents into a coil shape that you can ignite. You simply place the coil on a heat-proof area and light the outermost tip of the coil.
The smoke from the coil aims to discourage mosquitoes from the area where you place it. While the mosquitoes won’t drop dead after exposure to the rising fumes, they will move away from the smoke. By deterring these unwanted pests, the coils aim to make your outdoor spaces more comfortable.
Are Mosquito Repellent Coils Effective and Safe?
What about the efficacy and safety of mosquito repellent coils? There are a few issues you might face if you rely on mosquito coils alone in an attempt to control these unwanted pests. Some problems you can face might include:
- Potential carcinogens in the smoke from the product
- Smoke irritation to the lungs, nose, and eyes
- Possible fire hazards (it’s easy for the wind or an errant arm to blow or brush the burning coil or fallen embers onto nearby flammable materials)
In addition to these dangerous situations, if you try using a mosquito coil on a breezy day, the repelling smoke may not stay in the area you need it to. However, you cannot use these coils in confined areas where the wind might not reach you.
Professional Mosquito Control Services
Do you know about the lifespan of mosquitoes and where they like to nest? The team at Nada Mosquito knows. Our pest control technicians undergo specialized training courses and carry licenses and insurance for high-quality service.
Nada Mosquito provides budget-friendly mosquito and tick control treatments to keep your outdoor spaces free of unwanted insects. Whether you want to try a single service or decide to sign up for a seasonal treatment plan, we price our services competitively.
If you’re tired of using mosquito repellent coils in your backyard or want to see the difference that a professional service can make, call or text Nada Mosquito at 732-743-7129. Our team is ready to help you with prompt and affordable control services.