There are many diseases that are brought by mosquitoes nowadays and these diseases can be fatal, because of this, there are many ways to prevent getting bit by these deadly mosquitoes and one cost-effective way is the use of a mosquito repellent.
Mosquito repellent – how it works
Before you get it wrong, mosquito repellents do not kill mosquitoes. Instead, once it is applied on the skin, the chemicals present in repellents can prevent mosquitoes from biting you for a specific period of time. The amount of time depends on the nature of the chemicals in the repellent. Also, the humidity and your body type can also affect the duration of the effect.
Kinds of mosquito repellent
There are many kinds available in the market these days. These repellents differ when it comes to its ingredients. There are mosquito repellents that are made from synthetic chemicals like DEET and N N Diethyl benzamide and there are some that are made from plans derivatives like citronella, neem, peppermint or eucalyptus.
These mosquito repellents are available in the form of creams, lotions, sprays, wipes, roll-on sticks, liquid vaporizers, coils, mats and many more. There are some plants that have the ability to ward off mosquitoes such as marigold, Thai lemon grass, oregano and catnip. Aside from these, there are electronic devices that rely on ultrasound and electromagnetic waves to repel these pests.
How to use a mosquito repellent properly
If you have recently bought one and you are going to apply it to your child or to yourself, it is always best that you read the label and follow the instructions included. Most chemical-based repellents such as DEET should be used sparingly as there is a lesser need for reapplication as it works for long periods of time. The use of DEET is not recommended for babies 2 months old and below. However, you might want to avoid applying chemical-based repellent creams and lotions on your baby’s skin. This is because the ingredients of these repellents might be harmful and may cause an allergic reaction when it comes in contact with your baby’s delicate skin.
However, there are some chemical-based repellents that can be applied directly to the skin or to clothing, window screens, mesh insect ners or sleeping bags.
It is very important that you keep in mind these things before you head out and purchase a mosquito repellent.