New information about the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S. and the growing number of cases, have everyone talking about prevention. Health scares have a tendency to make people paranoid, thus opening up the door for opportunists to take advantage of people's fears.
With any type of high profile news stories like this, where there's potential health concerns, people take advantage of the situation.
Garet Smitherman, of the Better Business Bureau, said you really need to do your homework on companies that just started recently. He said those are the most likely to be preying on the current situation because they see the potential to make quick money. New pest control companies may enter the marketplace that aren't licensed.
There are a lot of new products coming out that say they repel mosquitos that carry Zika.
A lot of scientific research has been done on these products and most of them have been found to not have a benefit to repelling mosquitos.
Things like wristbands and insect repellants.
Smitherman recommends checking the EPA's list of registered, effective repellents before you buy one. Visit EPA.gov and use the search tool to help you choose the repellent product that is right for you.