Best Types of Mosquito Repellents & Killing Spray | Godrej HIT

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Introduction

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Mosquito repellents are a great medium to get rid of mosquitos that can be the reason behind several diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya etc and for the same reason they are used widely all over the world at various places like homes, offices etc. Mosquito repellent coils, creams, electric devices, mats etc are amongst various materials that fill up the shops today in the market to kill dead the mosquitos.

But only few know that these mosquito repellents are equally dangerous as the mosquitos. From children to adults these mosquito repellents are equally dangerous for each and everyone. Taking about the mosquito repellent coils, they contain chemicals which are banned by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the smoke they produce are beyond the safe standards.
Even though the mosquito repellents might harm the human beings if not handled carefully but they for sure don’t allow the mosquitos to easily wander here and there and make our working places a breeding ground.

The mosquito repellents are present in a number of forms in the market as may be best suited for the consumer. Here is the list of the different types of mosquito repellents.

Types of mosquito repellents

With mosquito repellents coming in the market in the form of lotion, sprays, oil, incense sticks, the
user gets a variety of choices to choose from different products.

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1 DEET-

The oldest still remains the best. Diethyltoluamide (DEET) is a synthetic repellent that was introduced in the year 1957 by the American army. DEET repellent comes under a number of brands in the form of lotion, spray etc.
DEET can be an effective repellent to repel the mosquitos only if it is used in moderate limit. Excess use of DEET can cause skin irritation, irritation in eyes and noses of people especially in children. The preferred allowable percentage of DEET is recommended to be around 30% for children of all ages.

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2 Picaridin-

Picaridin is another great synthetic repellent that was introduced in the year 1998 and has been in use since then. Picaridin is effective since it has a long lasting effect on the mosquitos and does not causes irritation in skin, eyes and nose. Picaridin is nearly odorless when compared to DEET.

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3 Citronella Oil-

The oil of citronella is derived from the plants and has a limited use as an repellent. Citronella oil is a combination of eight various elements. It provides protection against mosquitos for nearly two-three hours. A product of citronella oil was also found to be responsible for many allergic reactions and therefore the
use of citronella oil is very limited and not recommended.

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4 Permethrin-

Permethrin is an effective material which is useful as both pesticide and repellent. Instead of applying on the skin, it is generally applied on the clothing and provides protection against mosquitoes for around two-three weeks. Other than clothing, the repellent can also be applied on quilts, mosquito nets etc.

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5 Oil of lemon eucalyptus-

The oil of lemon eucalyptus is a natural repellent derived from the plants and provides good optimum protection against mosquitoes. The protection provided by the oil of eucalyptus is similar to that of the repellents consisting 15%-20% of Diethyltoluamide (DEET).

Safety precautions while using mosquito repellents

1.Don’t apply repellents on injured, irritated and wound affected areas.
2.Keep repellents away from eyes, nose etc.
3.Use of mosquito repellents is beneficial only when it is used in limited amounts.
4.Never allow children of small ages to deal with repellents. Repellents on children should be applied under the guidance of the parents.
5.Do not apply repellents on skin that are meant for the application on clothes and mosquito nets.
6.Always read method of usage behind the product before using it.