Bug spray helps fight the Zika virus

The mosquito borne virus is spreading around the globe

(CNN) – The Zika virus is worrying people around the world. Bug sprays available now can stop the mosquitoes transmitting the dangerous virus, but how do you know which spray is the most effective? Consumer reports put 16 bug sprays to the test.

Trisha Calvo, from Consumer Reports, explained, “In a laboratory, very brave volunteers put their arms into a cage full of 200 disease free mosquitos and we use two types of mosquitos. One is the Culex mosquito that carries west Nile and the other is the Aedes mosquito that carries Zika.”

All in the name of science. The seemingly simple, but painful test had great results.

Calvo continued, “We found three ingredients that are safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women, and are very effective and those are deet, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and picaridin.”

Sawyer picaridin got top marks and followed by ben’s wilderness thirty percent deet. Both kept mosquitoes away for up to eight hours and if you see clothing with the repellent built in, but know this, the bugs may still come to you.

Calvo finished with, “Instead, they kill or incapacitate the bugs when they land and hopefully that happens before the mosquitos bite you.”

If you do wear the clothing, consumer reports says you should also use bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away.

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