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Published July 25, 2013, 08:54 PM

Mosquito repellent just doesn't seem to be enough, find out what experts recommend

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Summer is too short to be swatting and scratching all season long. Sometimes it might seem impossible to beat the bugs. To combat the problem, people have come up with all sorts of options to repel the biters.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Summer is too short to be swatting and scratching all season long. Sometimes it might seem impossible to beat the bugs. To combat the problem, people have come up with all sorts of options to repel the biters.

Living in the Midwest, we've learned how to deal with the bugs, but with the latest scare of West Nile, repellent just doesn't seem to be enough. So, we talked with experts who showed us different remedies we can use on ourselves and for our yards to keep us safe.

There are yellow cans, green cans, sprays and candles. Some stink and some don't. The choices aren't always simple - like safety. Do you use DEET or don't you?

Zach Banister – Scheels Associate: "It's kind of a caustic chemical, so it does kind of burn things and it's not really safe to put on kids."

Zach Banister says it's best used in a heavy mosquito populations. For everyday outside play light spray might be the best option - something like, Ultrathon.

Zach Banister: "It lasts quite a while. This will be about 8 hours of protection."

Ultrathon is Banister's first choice for families.

If you're battling a backyard, Dilworth's Mayor Chad Olson says killing the insects is your best bet.

Chad Olson – Mosquito Man, Inc.: "Our goal is to eliminate mosquitos, and then by which we see reduction in the chance of people contracting the West Nile Virus."

Olson's service, better known as Mosquito Man Inc., uses a spray similar to Vector Control, but, combats the bugs right on your property - protecting your kids and pets from the pests. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to become itch free.

Chad Olson: "When we start looking at mosquitoes and flies and vector born illness, the more we're able to reduce the number of vector insects, the better chance of avoiding those type of illnesses."

If you have a budget to keep the bugs away, don't worry. Most repellents aren’t too spendy, even modern tools.

Zach Banister: "Butane operated cartridge; So you put the butane in it, you turn it on, and then, you have these little pads in here that will give off kind of an odor, kind of a cloud protection."

You can find a strong remedy to fight the mosquitoes from any range between $5 and $20.

Some other things you might find just laying around your house are dryer sheets. They're known to fend off insects like flies and mosquitoes just by tucking them in your pocket or your hat.

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