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The truth about mosquito repellents

Every year, there are more than 5000 cases of human illness in Australia, which are caused by the mosquito bites. This is why many mosquito control programs and a range of strategies have been employed to reduce mosquito borne disease risk as a result. Personal protection has been most recommended with measures like avoiding known mosquito breeding areas such as wetlands, times like dusk, which are known as peak biting times, wearing protective clothing and sleeping inside bed nets. The first line of defense against biting mosquitoes, however, remains the use of any Australian mosquito repellent.

All Australian mosquito repellent formulations currently registered by the Australian pesticides and veterinary medicines authority (APVMA) are over 60. These include aerosols, creams, pump sprays, wristband and sticks, lotions and wipes. The active ingredients in all these products are DEET (diethyltoluamide) and picaridin. DEET has been proven effective in preventing bites from a wide range of pest mosquitos. But despite this, there is skepticism on how it works. It is generally thought to prevent bites, but some evidence has claimed that mosquitos smell and are repelled by DEET. Picaridin because of being odorless is considered a more pleasant product, but still DEET works best.

Many people, however, have a preference for natural repellents as they consider chemical repellents unpleasant to use, damaging to clothes, and they are also believed to pose adverse health effects. Natural repellents are considered a safe alternative to chemical products for such people. Mozzigear in Australia offers customers natural insect repellent solutions. This is a great choice for those afraid of chemical repellents.

The common myths regarding mosquito repellents

1.’Natural is better’ is a myth that is common among many people when it comes to making health choices. However,  when it comes to mosquito repellents, there is evidence that the perceived natural choices may end up not providing the best outcomes. Studies have shown that natural repellents usually provide lesser protection against mosquitoes that bite humans. Additionally, they have to be applied many times, say 3 to 4 times, to provide similar protection. They have also been proven to have potential to cause skin irritation.

2. ‘A stronger repellent results in fewer mosquitoes’ is another myth. The higher strength of a repellent (amount of active ingredients) does not mean that more mosquitoes will be kept at bay; it just determines how long you will be protected from mosquitoes.

3.’Chemical repellents are dangerous’ is a common myth. DEET and picaridin are actually considered safest repellents, if used as directed, they cause no substantial health risk.

4. Applying repellent like perfume is also wrong. They should be applied as a thin covering on all exposed skin.

5. ‘Ultrasonic repellents like smartphone applications work’ is another untrue notion. Sound has been shown to fail to repel mosquitoes. They do not work simply.

Any Australian mosquito repellent is safe for use and can be effective in preventing mosquito bites. DEET- and picaridin-based repellents are a cheap, safe and an effective way to protect against mosquito-borne diseases.

For more information, you can always visit the website of sellers which sell mosquito repellents.