Some people are more prone to a mosquito bite than other people, and if you are one of these people, you will most likely stop at absolutely nothing to keep mosquitoes away. You might even try harsh chemicals in your house and on your skin. A Consumer Reports survey that consisted of 2011 U.S. adult responses found out that almost 75% of adults are more concerned with the many diseases transported by mosquitoes and ticks, like Lyme disease, West Nile Virus and chikungunya, than with the potentially dangerous chemicals in their bug sprays.
However, a new investigation by the product-testing group Consumer Reports finds that you have more natural mosquito repellent options that are even more effective than those with chemicals.
The following are some of the natural items you can use to repel mosquitoes:
Vetiver Essential Oil
Researchers compared several natural plant-derived essential oils to DEET based or picaridin-based chemical mosquito repellents, in addition to other pest control methods that are known to kill mosquitoes, in a study that was printed in the medical publication Journal of Vector Ecology. They found that vetiver was more effective than any of the chemical mosquito repellents at repelling mosquitoes. It repelled more than 95 percent of a specific species of mosquito, which was considerably more than the other products that were tested.
Catnip Essential Oil
While catnip may invite cats from wide-reaching places, driving them wild with ecstasy, it has quite the reverse effect on mosquitoes. This plant sends them flying in the opposite direction, relieving you of mosquito bites. According to the Journal of Vector Ecology study, when catnip was compared to DEET and the insecticide chemicals used against mosquitoes, it turned out to be more reliable than chemicals against some types of mosquitoes. Other research that was printed in Science Daily found that catnip is in fact ten times more useful at repelling mosquitoes than DEET.
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Hairy Basil Essential Oil
A specific type of basil oil, this particular essential oil was brought into being in the same study to repel mosquitoes as quickly as DEET-based mosquito repellents. In another study that was issued in the same journal, researchers found that hairy basil oil resisted mosquitoes faster than any other substance that was tested.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Research has indicated that lemongrass essential oil is also greatly effective at repelling mosquitoes than those sprays that contain chemicals.
Neem Essential Oil
Earlier research that was issued in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association found that two percent of Neem oil mixed in coconut oil as a carrier oil is very useful against mosquitoes for twelve hours before it needs to be applied again. As compared to new research which shows that within three hours of exposure to DEET repellents, mosquitoes have become insensitive and are no longer repelled by DEET. In other words, a repeat application of DEET after three hours is unlikely to be effective if the same mosquitoes are lurking around.
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Procedure to Use the Natural Mosquito Repellents
To use the essential oils that are mentioned above, you must add 10 drops to 4 ounces of the carrier oil of your choice, including the following: sweet almond, apricot kernel, grape seed, or coconut oil. If you are someone who has sensitive skin, it will be wise for you to do a test patch on the inside of your wrist before you apply it in larger amounts on your body. You should wait for at least 24 hours to determine whether or not you may have an allergy to the oil. Most people generally do not have any allergy issues with these oils, but it is always better to check first before you apply the oil to your body. You should apply the oil mixture to any exposed areas prior to going outdoors and reapply if you feel it is necessary.
If you are a person who likes everything organic, you will find these natural methods a dream come true.
These natural mosquito repellents use Picaridin and oil of lemon Eucalyptus as the active ingredients present in them. Both of these ingredients are chemically synthesized but are more similar to natural compounds. They also come with fewer side effects as compared to those mosquito repellents that contain chemicals.
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