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FAQs

Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles contain active repellent ingredients that are pleasant smelling.  The efficacy of our natural mosquito candles is not due to the smoke produced by other natural mosquito repellent candles, and therefore you will not have smoke or soot to contend with on your clothes or in the air.

No natural mosquito repellent will give 100% protection.   When using an appropriate number of Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles in the area you wish to protect, however, (minimum 2 to 3 candles), you should achieve a significant reduction in the number of mosquito landings — approximately 75-80%.

Remember, only female mosquitoes bite!    They need the protein from human blood in order for their eggs to develop.

Not all natural repellent products are created equal!   All insect control products, including natural repellent mosquito candles, are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA").   Whether the product is natural or not, mosquito repellent candles are pesticides and must be registered or exempt from registration to be legal products in the states they are sold.

Bite-Lite's five natural mosquito candle products contain both active and inert ingredients of natural materials which meet the EPA's criteria exempting them from federal registration.   As required by law, Bite-Lite also registers its natural mosquito repellents in the individual states that require registration of these “EPA exempt” products.   Read more...

Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles are more effective at repelling mosquitoes than standard citronella candles.   Test results have shown that the active ingredients in Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles repel nearly three (3) times the number of mosquitoes when tested against regular citronella candles.

Natural Citronella Oil itself is not nearly as repellent as natural Spearmint or Lemongrass Oils, the two main constituents in our Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles.   It is also interesting to note that many standard citronella candles and torch oils contain only very small amounts of citronella oil, and that whatever repellency they provide is most likely due to the smoke that they produce.

The Repellency Evaluation of our natural mosquito candles performed in Florida in 2011 collected 20 species of mosquitoes.  Some species of these collected mosquitoes will be the same in your region of the country, but you can never say 100% without looking up your district’s mosquito records.   For example, while there are species differences between where the scientific testing of our natural mosquito repellent candle formula occurred and in Suffolk County,  NY, at least 75% of the species collected in the control trap in the test area in Florida are also found in Suffolk County.   With that said, as a general rule, mosquito repellents are not typically species specific.   Spatial repellents, such as candles, work by modifying the behavior of host seeking mosquitoes.

For best results, it is important to light your natural mosquito candles about 20 minutes before going outside.   This allows Bite-Lite’s patent pending Cloak and Scatter® formula to start protecting the area you will be occupying.   The prominent active oils-- natural spearmint and lemongrass-- are released from the natural mosquito repellent candles through evaporation from the hot melted pool of wax that forms after the mosquito candle begins burning.  

A good rule of thumb is to surround the occupied area with two to three natural repellent candles placed three to six feet apart.  The quantity and placement of these natural mosquito candles will depend on how active the mosquito population is at the time and how many people you are trying to protect.   All natural mosquito repellent candles are most effective when there is little or no wind.

Most mosquitoes rest during the day and come out at dusk.   If you begin burning your natural mosquito repellent candles before you plan to sit outdoors or before the mosquitoes become active, the mosquitoes may move away from the space you are trying to protect and not find their way back easily when you go outside.   Mosquitoes find you most easily if they are already close and can sense the carbon dioxide from your breath and your body heat.

Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles are meant to be burned outdoors.

  • Always keep the wick trimmed to approximately ¼ - ½ inches long.
  • Always burn the natural mosquito repellent candle long enough for the wax pool to extend close to, or to the edges of the container.   This avoids forming a small well in which the melting wax can drown the wick.
  • If the wick becomes covered in wax and extinguishes, allow the wax to cool, and then dig out the entire surface of the natural mosquito repellent candle to re-expose ½” of wick.
  • On hot days, watch for the wax pool getting too deep.   If there is a melted pool more than ½” deep for the entire width of the candle, put the natural mosquito repellent candle out and allow it to cool. 
  • Always place your natural mosquito repellent candle on a heat resistant surface and away from combustible materials.
  • Discontinue use when the wax level is ½” from the bottom of the natural mosquito repellent candle.
  • Be careful handling hot burning candles, and be mindful of hot melted wax.
  • Glass containers are fragile and heat concentrated in one area could cause the glass to break.
  • Votive natural mosquito repellent candles must be burned in a container to allow the pool of melted wax to form and repel.

This is the name of Bite-Lite’s patent pending formula for its mosquito candles, which is an apt description on how Bite-Lite® natural mosquito repellent candle products are meant to work.   Certain floral materials seem to interfere with the ability of mosquitoes to find host animals, and some repel mosquitoes.   The natural properties of the Spearmint and Lemongrass Oils found in our Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles act together to keep mosquitoes away.

To find a store near you, click on the Retailers tab on our menu bar and find the state you are searching for products.   We are currently selling our natural repellent candles in 44 states, and have divided our store locator map into seven regions of the country.    If our natural repellents are not yet in your local store, let your retailer know about your interest in our natural  products.

If you cannot find a store near you, you can order Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles online by going to our Products page and purchasing items with our shopping cart system.   We accept PayPal and most major credit cards.

At this time, Bite-Lite® natural mosquito repellent candles are not available for sale in Canada.

If you would like to become a reseller of Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles, please contact our Customer Service Department at 855-BITE-LITE/ / 855-248-3548.   The minimum order for each style of mosquito candles is one case.  We accept major credit cards.   For our credit card form, click here.

We also can set up terms following credit approval.  Our terms are Net 30 days from the date of invoice.   For our credit application form,  click here, call Customer Service, or e-mail us at orders@bite-lite.com. 

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for our Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles are available for download by clicking this link to the MSDS page.

Shipments of our natural mosquito repellent candles and other insect control products are made from Danbury, Connecticut by common carrier, usually by UPS Ground.

E-mail us at orders@bite-lite.com or call us toll free at 855-BITE-LITE / 855-248-3548 if you have questions about our natural mosquito candles or your order.   Our Customer Service Department is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time.   You may also fax us at 877-865-1048 at any time.

Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus) is a genus of about 55 species of grasses, native to warm temperate and tropical regions of the Old World and Oceania.   Historically, Lemongrass Oil had been used as a preservative to protect the ancient palm-leaf manuscripts found in India.   The oil was  used at the Oriental Research Institute Mysore, the French Institute of Pondicherry, the Association for the Preservation of the Saint Thomas Christian Heritage in Kerala, and many other manuscript collections in India. In recent years, the oil has been noted as a pesticide.

Spearmint Oil is an aromatic oil extracted from the spearmint plant, known formally as Mentha spicata.   Like other members of the mint family, spearmint has a very distinctive scent and flavor, and it can be used in a number of ways.    Spearmint oil, among other natural ingredients, has been found to fight off and kill many garden invaders.  And now, the EPA and other groups are coming around to using spearmint oil as an insecticide.

Citronella Oil is derived from a grass typically found in some Asian countries and islands as well as in Africa and assorted Latin American and South American countries.   The oil typically comes from two main varieties of citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon winterianus).   The name citronella refers to the strong lemony smell of the plant stem and leaves as well as its extracted oil.  It is most commonly used as an insect repellent in insect sprays and candles.

A Semiochemical (semeon means a signal in Greek) is a generic term used for a chemical substance or mixture that carries a message.   These chemicals acts as messengers within or between species.   It is usually used in the field of chemical ecology to encompass pheromones, allomones, kairomones, attractants, and repellents.

 

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