GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - What are you using to keep mosquitoes from biting you?
22 News found what's available and what experts say is healthy when it comes to keeping insects away.
Along with spring, we're seeing mosquitoes, flies, and ticks that can be a simple annoyance or spread serious disease.
22news is working for you with what products work, and what sort of precautions you need to take.
Max Brody's big backyard is right next to the river in Gill. He says it's a breeding ground for pests. His son Elijah has already been bitten by mosquitoes on his legs and arms this spring.
"I don't know whether I'm more worried about the deet or lime disease. So I think you have to choose which one. We just wash our hands and try not to put our fingers in our eyes or our mouth right."
While some residents use the store bought brands on the shelves others seem to take a different approach.
"I mean we try and keep our grass mowed and we try and not have any standing water around and things of that nature, but in general we just kind of go with the flow," said Bob Green, of Conway.
Jonathan Labbe uses Off bug spray because it worked, and it was affordable, but now...
"Believe it or not I heard mud works really well. Something about mosquitoes and flies. Just by accident getting covered in mud hanging out with my friends it actually worked pretty well."
Experts say the average product you put on your skin will have 10 to 30 percent deet in them. And there are other natural products to use, but they said if you are going into an area with a lot of pests the best thing to do is wear long sleeves and pants.