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Surprising, easy way to get rid of mosquitoes

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - People are flocking to stores all over Amarillo, buying whatever they can to make those mosquitoes go away. NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos has more on how to take some of the guesswork out of that shopping trip.

From foggers to sprays, coils to torches... There are countless ways to keep those biting bugs at bay.

The most effective products have DEET in them... The higher the concentration, the longer it will last. 

But, don't get carried away... The safest ones are those with no more than 30% DEET. You shouldn't put those products on kids younger than two months old.

And while those scented mosquito repellents may smell better than the regular kind, they're less effective since they have less active ingredient repellent in them. There's another option out there that may sound crazy, but the Amarillo Dillas swear by it.

"Basically, you just take Listerine and cut it with a little bit of water and spray it either on yourself or your clothing. The guys will spray themselves before they come out. Umpires will use it as well. Anybody that's gonna be on the field or near grass. If you're gonna be near grass, you want something on you to keep the mosquitos away."

If you're going to give it a try... Fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way up with Listerine and the rest with water.

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