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The Best Form of Mosquito Repellent

Updated on August 8, 2010

Mosquito repellents are these days essentially required in almost all parts of the world. They are not only being helpful to bring good and disturbless sleep and also avoiding many infectious diseases such as malaria, dengu and chikungunya which could be spread out by the mosquitoes. The necessity of mosquito repellent will be high only in winter and rainy season because the use of fans in summer decreases the demand of the mosquito repellents on that days.

Nowadays we can find in market many different forms of mosquito repellents. Mosquito coils, mosquito mats and the liquid form of mosquito repellent are available in the market. There is no doubt to say that above said all forms of mosquito repellents are capable of making some health problems as we are using them throughout the night (i.e ) for about 10 hours. Many sensitive people are suffering from respiratory problems and the condition will be severe among asthmatic patients. So it is very important to find out which one of the forms of repellents will be good for our general health. Mosquito coils are made of chemical called d-trans allethrin and when they are burnt they will emit smoke with irritating smell. The smell of the smoke will affect the sleep of most of the people. Some people may be suffering from severe head ache, nauzea and vomiting. No need to say that this form of mosquito repellent may become the reason for fire accidents when improperly handled. It is being widely used among poor people. However, we should be very careful about the influence of mosquito coils in our health.

Mosquito mat is the other form of repellent in which mosquito repellents are available as chips. The chemicals have been coated as thin layers on both sides of chips. The chips are placed on a electronic heater and gently heated throughout the night. Though it seems better than mosquito coils the smell of the product is again creating some health problems for the sensitive people.

In the other method, the repellence will be carried out by using liquid form of mosquito repellent. The liquid is attached with a vapouriser and the liquid ( prellethrin ) is gently vapourised throughout the night. Some companies are producing scented mosquito repellent liquid which may cause health problems as already seen.

But we can also find in the market that odour free liquid which repells mosquitoes successfully. I hope this is only the best choice of mosquito repellent which is giving pleasant and sound sleep with out any health problem.

Besides above said mosquito repellents people are also using some creams ( odomos ) which could applied throughout the body. However most of the people are preferring above said devices to repell mosquitoes. The other way to keep off mosquitoes is mosquito net but nowadays it is hardly used by the people. To prevent the invading of mosquitoes windows can be provided with wire mesh.

In the other form, mosquito repellence is carried out by an electronic device which produces sound waves in a particular frequency which will be hatered by the mosquitoes. This method of mosquito repellence is not mostly used by the people.

The latest mosquito repellent is ' Icon 10WP-Wall spray '. This is a chemical which is mixed with water in a particular ratio and gently sprayed on the walls and furnitures of the house. The chemicals will be minutely applied with out any mark. These minute paricles of chemicals could be retained for at least 4 months of time period. The great advantage of this innovative method is that there is no smell and would be never toxic to human beings. Whenever the mosquitoes are invading your house they will die at once coming in contact with that chemical. Some companies are making the service of spraying those chemicals and charging in square foot basis. In near future this way of mosquito repellence may become popular.


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    suremanamanda 7 years ago

    This is a great comprehensive list of repellents. I would stay away from mosquito coils since they release chemicals that can cause respiratory complications. While looking for non-chemical methods of mosquito control, I came across those Mosquito Magnet traps, which use CO2 (what we exhale) as a lure.

    I found a page that shows how it works:

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    Jason 8 years ago

    The best product we have tried to repel mosquito's is skeet-r-done. Go to their web site for more information. We used this camping and did not get one mosquito bite. It was amazing you could see the mosquitos swarming everywhere but they would not come near us at all.

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    ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear sharkarma, Thanks for reading this Hub and sharing your memories!

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    sharkarama 8 years ago

    This article brings back memories of living in the tropics. We always had those green mosquito coils that were horrible and almost burnt out house down one night. Then these electric vapmats came out which work great. Mosquito screens on the windows are still a must though.

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    ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear MRM, Thank you for visiting this Hub and your kind appreciation !

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    MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

    Excellent advice.

    Fortunately for Val and I, living by the ocean, that is one of Life's problems, we do not suffer.

    Great advice about the netting, as it will even stop the birds.

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    ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Dr Jain. Thank you for your good suggestion about fixing plastic nets on windows to prevent mosquitoes.

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    Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 9 years ago from Tumkur

    This is good suggestion. But I think the fixing of perforated plastic nets to window frames is much better.That could be removed and washed.You can keep the windows open at night for air.To fis such nets to important windows you may have to spend Rs.3000/-at a time. But it is one-time expense only.

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    ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

    yes ! certainly I think mosquitoes will be remained always as a challenge to human beings. Because the fast  and huge reproduction !

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    ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Premsingh, Thank you for joining in my fan club and also for your nice comments.

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    Trsmd 9 years ago from India

    In future it will become popular, means mosquito will not be reduced???

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    premsingh 9 years ago

    nice hub having lot of information about mosquito repallents