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.

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.

Are You Attractive for Mosquitoes? Mosquito repellent rules

Attractive for Mosquitoes

Attractive for Mosquitoes

You are not the only one. The process due to which mosquitoes are attracted to their victims is called chemotaxis. It is a biological process of motor reaction of microorganisms on chemical irritants. The biting insects are attracted by people’s biochemistry regardless of any physical features.

The two chemicals that are most attractive to mosquitoes is cholesterol and uric acid. If one or both of these chemicals are excreted via your skin, you become much more attractive to mosquitoes than any other person in the neighbourhood. In this aspect Northern Europeans are the most attractive ethnic group for mosquitoes. If you come to an area where mosquitoes are swarming or there are a lot of them, most likely you will be bitten despite the level of your attractiveness, as insect will look for any possible opportunity to get some food.

Fortunately, there are a few ways of how to minimize your attractiveness to mosquitoes and get much fewer bites than you usually get.

The first thing you should do is to assume measures of freeing your home from mosquitoes. Get rid of standing water sources, even if they are small ones. A small puddle of water on your floor can be enough for mosquitoes to ovipost there. If there are some community pools of standing water near your house, talk to officials in order to solve this problem correctly.

The second preventive measure is avoiding walking outside in the periods of a day when mosquitoes are maximally active. These are dawn and evening time. If you go outside, wear clothes that maximally cover your skin.

Third, try to use some repellents. The most of them contain DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. First two are chemicals, the third one is natural repelling matter. Repellents are available in the form of sprays or lotions. The repellent for non-skin use (applying on tent surfaces, hats, etc.) is permethrin.

There are a few rules of using repellents that you should follow:

  • Always read all the details of instructions before using the repellent, never overdose it.
  • Use repellents only on open skin areas.
  • Do not imply repellents on inflamed or impaired skin.
  • Don’t apply repellents directly on your face: at first put it on your hand and then rub on your face skin.
  • After returning indoors clean off the rests of repellent from your skin using soap and water. If repellent was applied on your clothes, wash it before wearing again.
  • If you are using repellent for your child, make sure it is labelled as a safe product for children. Minimize using repellents on children by encouraging them to wear long-sleeve clothes, socks and shoes. Remember that repellents based on lemon eucalyptus oil are allowed to be used on children over three years old. Repellents are not recommended to be used on children under one year old.
  • In case of reaction to a repellent, whether it is itching or rash, you should immediately clean it off your skin with the help of soap and water, and contact your poison control center.