Monthly Archives: April 2011

Choosing an Insect Repellent, DEET-based Repellents

Off! Deep Woods for Sportsmen

Off! Deep Woods for Sportsmen

Parents usually face the problem of choosing repellents for protecting their children from insects. Another problem is when it is right to start applying insect repellents on kids.

The answer seems easy from now, when the American Academy of Pediatrics set out that it is safe to use insect repellents containing DEET on children since 2 months old.

How to Get Rid of Insect Bites

Besides insect repellents you have a lot of preventive measures for protecting children from bites. These measures can be used together with or instead of chemical repellents. They include:

  • dressing children in long-sleeve clothes of thin materials, avoiding bright colours in clothing;
  • during the risky periods of day encourage your children to wear shoes with socks, and not sandals – this helps to protect feet;
  • in the period from evening till dawn avoid your children to stay outdoors – at this time mosquitoes are the most active;
  • don’t use aromatic soaps and other cosmetics that may attract insects;
  • use a bug screen when walking with your baby in buggy;
  • use measures for controlling biting insects in the places where you kinds usually play.

Of course it can be a problem to make children wear long-sleeve clothes during warm seasons due to heat, but this measure is double-protective – it preserves a kid from harmful sunbeams and insects. Use clothes of thin fabrics to minimize heat.

DEET-based Repellents

The most of specialists consider insect DEET repellents as the most effective protection from biting insects. However, sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right repellent among available offers.

For choosing the right one take a look at DEET concentration in different repelling preparations. For instance, OFF! Skintastic Family contains minimum of DEET – only 4.75%.

Repellent Towelettes contains 5.6% DEET. OFF! FamilyCare series has 5,7 and 15% DEET concentration packages. OFF! FamilyCare Insect.

Cutter All Family Mosquito Insect Repellent contains 7% DEET. A little higher concentration (7.15%) of DEET has Cutter All Family Mosquito Wipes. The biggest concentration of DEET have OFF! Deep Woods and Off! Deep Woods for Sportsmen (25% and 95% respectively).

Mention that higher concentration of DEET doesn’t mean better effectiveness! The effect of repellents with higher content of DEET just lasts longer. According to the EPA, “there is no limitations in concentration of DEET in repelling products for children”. However this doesn’t mean that it is better to use repellents with the highest DEET concentration you can ever find.

If a child is going for a walk for about a few hours outside, repellents with up to 10% DEET content is enough for him. If a child is going to walk outside for longer time (4 – 5 hours or more), apply repellents with 20% DEET concentration or higher.

Read more about – Non DEET insect repellents.

Non-DEET Insect Repellents, Natural Insect Repellents

Non DEET insect spray

Non DEET insect spray

Despite of definite DEET effectiveness in preventing insect bites on children, there are a range of non-DEET alternatives that are quite popular among parents. A lot of old reports state that DEET may cause toxic side effects, such as seizures. Now it was proven that DEET is safe in using even by children. Additionally there are a range of DEET-free repellents that also can be effective for your children. One of such repellents is Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent. OFF! series also offers non-DEET repelling aerosol that contains lemon eucalyptus oil. It is OFF! Botanicals Plant Based Insect Repellent. Mention that repellents that contain lemon equcaliptus oil are allowed to be used only on children over three years old.

Other DEET-free repellents are:

Picaridin is also a chemical repelling product, it is considered to be as effective as DEET. That is why it is a good choice for parents who are looking for alternative to DEET.

Must-Know Information:

  • The AAP recommends using DEET repellents not more than one time a day. Don’t reuse it on children during a day.
  • It is not recommended to use insect repellent together with sunscreen. The problem is in different ways of using these means. Sunscreen needs to be reused once a few hours, while repellent doesn’t. Combined using of sunscreen and repellent is OK when you stay outdoors not longer than fore a few hours.
  • Limit using repellents by applying it only on exposed skin areas. Don’t use it on skin under clothes, child’s hands, areas near mouth and eyes. Also it is not recommended to use repellents on irritated or wounded skin.
  • To protect your child from over application, apply the repellents on your hands and only then rub it on your child’s skin.
  • After you child comes from the outside, wash off the rests of repellents from his skin.

Repelling mosquitoes, Does it really repelling mosquitoes?

Repelling mosquitoes

Repelling mosquitoes

So I should say some tips about repelling mosquitoes. Mosquito Repeller is built on the effect of creating sound with a frequency that mimics the sound buzz and alarm mosquito males, which is intolerable to the female mosquito “halves” during the breeding season. So, this invention is against mosquito “women” ? Yes, because they – bloodsuckers, vampire and do crafts with you on our skin. Sound effects of mosquito repellents is very weak – and in the daytime and evening “cacophony” sounds almost imperceptible to humans.

Technically, mosquito repeller is a generator of sound frequency (the most commonly used frequencies in the range of 4.8 and 7 kHz). Meals in mosquitoes served as a deterrent from household batteries, and from the power adapter (fixed model). Author of the article even saw a mosquito repeller solar powered, it was repelling mosquitoes very good!

Does it really repelling mosquitoes?

Using multiple frequencies the devices that are repelling mosquitoes are trying to expand the spectrum efficiency of the device, since it is no secret that in nature there are more than 200 major groups of mosquitoes. These groups are mainly regional division. There are models with a “floating” rate, or frequency, adjustable manually by the user.

Mosquito Repeller is used as a stand-alone, strengthening even on clothes (miniature wearable repellents, so called “key rings”) and stationary (in different rooms: apartments, cottages, offices).

Appeared a few years ago in our market definition characterizes a fairly wide range of electronic devices designed to deal with these pesky creatures – they are really repelling mosquitoes!

Most of the tools against the mosquitoes have been constructed on the basis of chemically active substances that are either deterred mosquitoes strong odor, or destroy them with insecticides (chemicals that kill insects).

I think no need to explain that such an effect can not affect the rights, especially in an age when our body is greatly weakened by environmental and psychological influences.

Interesting Facts About Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites

Mosquito bites

Those who spend some of their free time outside in spring and summer are most likely familiar to the irritating sound of mosquitoes buzzing and being swatted. However, you are usually left with a mosquito bite, which is always a simple annoyance, most of us put up with. Nevertheless, the bites are able to cause allergic reactions in some individuals, becoming a very painful affliction.

The most well-known fact about mosquitoes is that those who feed on blood are females, while male mosquitoes feed off nectar. When a mosquito bites a human, it injects proteins and enzymes into their body, which are to numb the skin. This is done with the sole purpose to make a person not notice the insect and swat it. This also prevents the human blood from clotting so the mosquito can drink it easily. Human body, however, will anyway notice the enzymes the insects leave behind in the wound. In order to protect the body from the injury of the bite, it starts releasing antibodies and neurotransmitters known as histamines. This is what makes the bite sites itch, usually causing bumps to rise under the skin.

The mosquitoes are known for carrying a number of dangerous diseases, such as encephalitis, West Nile virus, Malaria, and fever. Considering that those insects are able to transmit such diseases, it would be best to avoid being bitten. The easiest way to do so is to stay away from the areas full of mosquitoes. These insects breed in standing water, which means that areas like marshes, swamps and places by stagnant water are most likely infested with them. In case you have to be in some of those locations, do you best to schedule your time there to the middle of the day, since the insects are more active at dawn and dusk.

Read more about  Mosquito bites.

Instruction to Electric Bug Zapper

Bug zapper

Electronic bug zapper

When the bugs are feeling very hungry, people feel very annoyed, because mosquitoes are able to quickly turn a late afternoon get-together into a cacophony of yelps and gesticulating arms. Here comes the time to use the bug zapper, but to use it wisely, because if you position it too close to people, you will actually cause more harm than good. Below are some recommendations on how to use an electric bug zapper properly.

First of all, it has been discovered recently by Kansas State University researchers that miniscule parts of a flying bug destroyed by an electric bug zapper can easily shower down on the crowd standing up to 7 feet away from the zapper. Secondly, lots of people mistakenly believe that placing the zapper closer to the crowd will kill the insects attacking the guests, which is wrong. The reality is that the insects are attracted, not deterred from the glowing light of the device, which means that the mosquitoes are invited to approach the picnic attendees. After coming closer, they would more likely choose to feast on fresh meat rather than to get interested by the blue light.

Taking into account both those problems, you will come to a conclusion that the best position for the electric bug zapper is about 12 feet away from people, particularly if you have a food preparation area outdoors or kids playing outside. After choosing the right place, you will be able to set up the device anywhere you want if you use a shepard’s hook, which is the metallic hooked pole usually used for displaying hanging baskets. All you need to do is place the hook in the chosen location and hang the trapper on the hooked end. You will also need to run an outdoor extension cord to the device in order to power it up. Don’t forget to inform all the guests and their kids about the cord and to watch out for it.

Read more about  mosquito bug zappers.