Insect repellers, such as KiteTree, offer a quick, effective and effective way to reduce insect bite rates, according to a study published online May 27 in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study found that Kite Tree insect repellant was effective against three types of insect species, including a venomous spider that can cause serious brain damage.
Researchers also found that the repellants protected against the most common form of bite, and the most venomous spiders in the United States.
A previous study by the same researchers found that one of the two most commonly reported spider bites in California, in the Sacramento area, was due to an insect repeller that protected against an estimated 4,500 spiders, including at least 6,000 venomous species.
The authors recommend Kite Trees insect repellers as an option for people who are concerned about bites from spiders, or who do not want to expose themselves to venomous creatures.
The Kite tree also offers the potential for reducing the spread of spider bites by protecting against insects that feed on spiders, said study lead author Jennifer L. Brown, a doctoral candidate in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of California, Davis.
Brown led the study.
“We thought we might find that, when you get a spider bite, you’re not going to be able to get rid of it,” Brown said.
“That’s one of our goals with Kite trees.”
Brown and her team conducted the study in collaboration with the University at Albany and the University, of Southern California.
The researchers analyzed data from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CalFWC) and the National Insects and Arachnid Identification Program (NIAIP) from 2005 to 2010.
They also examined data from a previous study of bites from venomous insects, which showed that the most commonly experienced bites were caused by the venomous and nonvenomous spider species.
Brown said the results of the study provide an overview of the benefits of insect repelling and of its use in reducing the number of bites that humans and pets are likely to experience.
“There are so many things we need to work on to reduce the incidence of bites,” Brown told Healthline.
“The main thing is to work with the community, so they know that this is an effective way of keeping spiders out of your yard and protecting pets from spiders.”
Brown said that her research was limited to the use of insect spray in California.
Other types of products that can be used to prevent bites are vinegar, baking soda, and baking soda gel.
“Bites can be really painful and it can take up to an hour to heal,” Brown added.
“I think the real value of these products is to educate people about these products and the risks of using them.”
Brown also noted that other types of repellers are not recommended by the California Poison Control System (CPSC).
Brown noted that people should always use insect repelled products with gloves on.
“Insect repelling is an extremely effective and cost-effective way to prevent biting,” she said.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Contact Jennifer L Brown at [email protected] or (916) 639-5933.