Mosquitos. Mosquitos are everywhere, and despite their bites being a simple case of annoyance most of the time, they can be a potential health hazard when ignored. You see, when a mosquito bites you, they not only take your blood, but they leave behind a little present: a sampling of their saliva.
Their saliva is packed with anticoagulants, which stop your blood from thickening and helps them to keep on sucking. Unfortunately, this saliva wakes up your immune system, and as our immune system kicks into gear, the combination of anticoagulants and antibodies leads to the release of histamines.
Now, you probably recognize the name histamine because of the anti-histamine creams you can buy across the counter at your local drugstore. Well, histamines are what cause the inflammatory response from your body, and the swelling and itching which comes with it.
Scratching this swelling makes your immune system think that the problem is getting worse, which leads to more antibodies, so more histamines and finally, more swelling.
However, swelling is not the worst thing that mosquitos can leave behind. A host of deadly diseases can be transmitted by mosquitos in their saliva. Whilst harmless to the mosquito, they can kill a person.
Malaria, Dengue fever, encephalitis, yellow fever, the West Nile Virus (found in North America), meningitis (the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and the recently warned about and spreading Zika virus, are all health hazards transmitted by mosquitos.
Whilst it is not uncommon for people in areas with large amounts of mosquitos to build up a natural immunity to these little guys, it is only because they are bit frequently and constantly, and their immunity does not help to protect them from the other, more dangerous, diseases.
Moreover, because they are not immune from the start, there is a long period of continuous swelling before they are finally able to hold them off. For most people, finding other ways to avoid mosquitos is usually the best choice.
Of course, there are several measures you can take to prevent mosquitos from coming into your life in the first place. Firstly, make sure to eliminate standing water around the house; this includes regularly changing water bowls for your pets and ensuring pond water is in a state of movement (installing a fountain or a reliable filter can help).
Secondly, you can wear protective, light-colored clothing. Mosquitos are actually able to zero in on you if you stand out from your background, so wearing more camouflaged clothing can help to stop mosquitos from even noticing you in the first place.
There are also things you can do to your home to avoid mosquitos and prevent them from gaining entry.
1. Make sure to install protective screens for when you want to open the windows and check them for holes or perforations.
2. You can also install yellow “bug” lights instead of standard outdoor lights. These will attract the mosquitos and stop them from gaining access to the safety of your home.
These options are great, and they can be incredibly useful when you’re staying at home; as has been said, “prevention is better than that cure”. However, we don’t spend all our time at home, and these methods are certainly not full-proof. Sometimes, making sure that there is that extra layer of protection can make all the difference.
This is why repellants were designed: in order to provide that extra, vital layer of protection. Now, the most common and well-known preventative is DEET, but what you may not know is that DEET was originally designed by the United States Department of Agriculture for use as a pesticide in farm fields.
That’s right, the popular repellant is actually packed with so many chemicals that even the Environmental Protection Agency advises that once your return indoors you should wash it off your skin.
DEET can act as an irritant and become just as itchy and annoying as those mosquito bites you’re trying to avoid, the only difference is that whilst a mosquito bite only affects one area, DEET can effect everywhere you put it (usually a much bigger patch of skin).
DEET can actually kill the mosquitos which are biting you, and if it can do that to a mosquito, then what can it do to other life forms? Mosquitos are not actually evil when they bite you they are simply trying to survive by eating their natural food source, but they remain one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet.
So, which repellant should I choose?
Well, finding the right repellant means that it should do what it is supposed to. By that I mean repel the mosquitos and not kill them. It’s always much safer to invest in a natural product as opposed to chemicals. The three main natural ingredients used in order to repel mosquitos are: Citronella Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Geraniol.
Here, I will run through these different options, where they come from, what they are and how they help protect you from mosquitos. These options are so safe that mixing them with some water and then applying it to your pet is safe; even if they decide to lick themselves.
Citronella oil is taken from the leaves and stems of a natural Asian plant known as the Cymbopogon nardus and has been used for centuries as a natural preventative in China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Actually, Citronella oil is a natural remedy for a huge range of different problems including infections, pain relief, rashes and other inflammations.
Citronella oil has been registered as an all-natural insect repellant in the United States since 1948. Studies have shown that it is capable of even acting as a repellant against the dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which are able to spread dengue fever.
Not only is Citronella Oil used for its medicinal properties, but it’s also frequently put in fragrances. The smell means that not only will you be protected from mosquitos, but you won’t smell horrible because of it.
You may have heard about using Lemongrass oil in cooking food, it’s one of the more luxury cooking oils capable of adding an extra zest of taste to our meals. What you might not know is that Lemongrass oil is also capable of acting as a mosquito repellant. Its naturally pleasant smell also means that it doesn’t carry the same chemical odor you get with alternatives such as DEET.
Similar to Citronella oil, Lemongrass is often used in fragrances, not only because of its own smell but because it is a natural deodorizer. This means that the smell your body naturally makes will be counteracted and stopped. This is especially important when trying to repel mosquitos because they can be attracted to the chemicals in your sweat.
Moreover, Lemongrass oil’s antioxidant properties mean that it will help to support the natural oils already in your skin. This way, you will not end up with dry, itchy and irritable skin from applying protection.
Geraniol comes the Geraniums. That’s right, the plant which people have been placing on their windowsills for years to stop mosquitos from coming inside, contains a proven and highly effective ingredient for repelling mosquitos in all situations.
According to field studies at the University of Florida, Geraniol has been proven to have a high rate of effectiveness. Not just against mosquitos but also house flies, stable flies, horn flies, cockroaches, fire ants, fleas, gnats, dog ticks, lone star ticks, and those you just don’t notice.
Of course, the above options all have their own qualities and special abilities, so…
Why not just use them all?
Well, why not? There is no reason not to. Unlike chemical products, the above natural remedies will not have negative reactions with each other. The best and most convenient way to pack these items together can be in the form of a bracelet. Bracelets are easy to carry around and are still located in a place which allows for their scent to cover the biggest area possible.
The MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet is an all-natural bracelet combining these three ingredients, and is ideal for use in a huge range of activities such as camping, sporting events, running, the beach, gardening and more.
Additionally, the bracelet is designed with a slow-release mechanism which allows it to last for up to 240 hours. That’s 240 hours of safe, healthy and natural protection from those pesky mosquitos. What’s more, you don’t even have to use any irritating or sticky sprays or creams, it just sits there on your wrist and does its job.
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