Mosquitoes are annoying little insects that spoil your outing in the evening. They are nuisance that only give itching but are also cause of many dreadful diseases like Malaria, dengue, West Nile and other diseases. No one wants mosquitoes to be there in their home or surroundings, but what are the solution to protects us from this tiny yet dangerous insects?
There are many ways to control the mosquito population, but the foremost is keeping your home and yards clean. All species of mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. So clean up and remove all standing waters in your home and yard. Empty all your containers that can collect water, such as birdbaths, cans, flower pots, tires, pet water dishes and buckets regularly. By doing this you may not eradicate mosquitoes, but will certainly bring their population. In order to protect yourself from mosquito bites, you can use mosquito repellents that are quiet effective in preventing mosquitoes from biting you. There are many good natural mosquito repellents that does not stink nor they cause any allergy to your skin. Also these mosquito repellents protect you from mosquito bites for about 5 to 6 hours.
Protecting your babies from mosquito bites may be even more difficult. As it is found that mosquitoes are more attracted towards babies and small kids. A special care need to be taken to ensure baby”s overall health and well being. Not all mosquito repellents can be used on babies as their skin are delicate and sensitive. Use mosquito repellents for babies that have less concentration of DEET. Mosquito nets can also be effective to protect your baby from mosquito bites.
Mosquito killer devices can be very effective for immediate relief from mosquitoes by killing them on a permanent basis. These devices are designed with certain chemicals to attract mosquitoes. The mosquito killer traps the mosquito and ultimately killing it. Insecticides is another option in controlling mosquito population. Many products are designed to be mixed in water to control mosquito larva. Some insecticides are used to control adult mosquitoes. There are also many agencies that provide service to control mosquito population. They apply pesticides by trucks and in some cases use planes.
Many home owners use time release outdoor residential misting systems to reduce mosquito population in their yard. These misting systems not only control mosquitoes bu also other flying insects such as fleas and ticks. Outdoor residential misting systems are designed to spray pesticides to kill most mosquitoes and other insects outdoors and thus preventing them from coming inside your home. Misting systems consists of spray nozzles mounted which is mounted in the perimeter of your home mostly in the lawn or inside the fence. The spray nozzles are connected by tubing to a supply of insecticide. Misting systems can be turned on and off at a preset intervals using a timer. Some advance misting systems can be controlled using a remote controller. The insecticide used in most outdoor residential misting systems contain pyrethrins and permethrin. These products may also contain piperonyl butoxide.
Types of Mosquito Repellents
As we said mosquito repellents are quiet effective in protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites. But not all mosquito repellent are effective, there are many types of mosquito repellents available on the market.
Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, is an effective alternative to DEET products which provides long-lasting protection against mosquito bites, comparable to about a 10% concentration of DEET. Sprays contain a variety of main active ingredients and are in different strengths according to how much of those ingredients are in them. Insect repellents come in many forms, including aerosols, sprays, liquids, creams, and sticks. Cinnamon is more than just a great topper to applesauce or oatmeal. This repellent has been used worldwide since 1998.
- DEET is a repellent used to repel mosquitoes, flies and ticks, and is found in a majority of bug repellent sprays.
- Some are made from chem icals and some have natural ingredients.
- According to a study conducted in Taiwan, cinnamon oil can kill off mosquito eggs.
- Compared to DEET, Picaridin is nearly odorless, does not cause skin irritation, and has no adverse effect on plastics.
- People adversely affected by DEET can pick from sprays that contain picaridin, a repellent that works better than DEET for repelling flies.
Insect repellents prevent bites from biting insects but n ot stinging insects. It can also act as a repellent against adult mosquitoes, most notably the Asian tiger mosquito. Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. People sensitive to these can try sprays that contain the ingredient IR 3535, a substance that is based on an amino acid, and so is considered a natural ingredient. Biting insects include mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, and biting flies. To make a diluted 1 percent solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil for every 4 ounces of water. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. Insect repellents applied to the skin are often what we think of when we want to avoid insect bites. Stinging insects include bees , hornets, and wasps. You can spray the fluid onto your skin or clothing, around your home, and onto upholstery or plants.
One way to protect your child from biting insects is to use insect repellents. These are the most broadly useful, since they stay with you regardless of your movements. In the UK and Europe we have insects that tend to annoy and irritate rather than cause us harm, think the infamous Scottish midge. Be careful when applying cinnamon oil as a concentrated dose can irritate your skin. However, it’s important that insect repellents are used safely and correctly. Other types of repellents that EPA registers include: Clip-on products that have a pad with the repellent and a fan or other mechanism that disperses the repellent near your body. However, mosquitoes and other biting insects in more exotic destinations have very real and potentially fatal risks. Spatial repellents use a heating mechanism to disperse repellent in an outdoor area. Malaria, West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever are just some of these diseases. Examples of dispersal mechanisms for spatial repellents. None can be vaccinated against and none have a cure so preventing getting bitten in the first place is vital.