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Battle of the bugs: which spray is best for you?


Eau Claire (WQOW) - With the miserable temps and muggy air, the battle of the bugs is on. 

Recently several birds in Wisconsin have tested positive for West Nile Virus, including a crow in Chippewa County just last week. Mosquitoes can spread the virus to humans. 

With dozens of bug sprays to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one will help you keep disease-carrying pests away. WQOW News 18 talked to the camping manager at Scheels Tuesday who says one of the most commonly asked questions is what strength of DEET you need.

He says a lower content is great for something like a backyard barbeque, but you'll want something stronger if you're going to be outdoors for a longer period of time.

"For the person who is going to be outside for a long period of time, 8-10 hours and you're going to be in the woods, where the bugs are bad, we do offer 100 percent DEET.  Any DEET product that you're using, whether it's kids or adults, I highly recommend when you're doing your face, spray it on your hands. Don't spray your face, put it on your hands, kind of rub it around your eyes so you don't get any in your eyes," says Ed August, the Camping Manager at Scheels.  

August says any time you use bug spray it's best to shower when you're back inside. Keep in mind, DEET helps fight mosquitoes and other bugs but you'll need a spray that contains Permethrin if you want to keep the ticks away. 

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