mosquito repellent

QUICK GUIDE TO BUYING MOSQUITO REPELLENT

The difference between great mosquito repellent and average mosquito repellent can mean the difference between a great fishing trip and a lousy one. If you are wondering how to choose the right one, you’ll find some help in this article.

This Quick Guide gives you advice on what to look for when buying mozzie repellent.

There is nothing that ruins a summer bbq or a fishing and camping holiday much quicker than the feeling of being eaten alive by mosquitos. I was quite allergic to the nasty bites as a child. I built up a tolerance over time and thought I was just about fine until I started travelling and getting away in my twenties. Now I’m in my forties, I still have to be careful when travelling. It doesn’t matter even if I go interstate, a new region means new mosquitos to my body. I’ll get swollen up like you wouldn’t believe. So trust me, I know mozzie repellent.

WHAT ACTIVE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR

There are so many repellents available on the market and I have tried them all. Repellents are made using both synthetic or natural chemicals, and even a combination of both. They are available in all shapes and forms, from sprays to wipes and even wristbands What is most important of all is the active ingredient and the level of concentration. The amount of the active ingredients in mosquito repellents influences how well they will protect

Diethyltoluamide (DEET) and picaridin are the most used active ingredients. Both picaridin and diethyltoluamide are good at stopping mozzies from biting. Picaridin has no odour and that is the reason why more people prefer it. Other active ingredients such as melaleuca oil and lavendar are derived from plants and are also commonly used.

NATURAL REPELLENT

While natural repellents are considered a safer alternative to synthetic chemicals, I do have to say that in most cases they’re not as good at keeping the mozzies away as chemical products that use the most common synthetic chemicals. If you really want to protect yourself, I am not sorry about saying it, a synthetic chemical is the way to go.

Another one to be wary of if you want real protection is the wristband mosquito repellent. I have tried them and I say they are completely useless. They will protect your hand, I guess.

USING MOSQUITO REPELLENTS SAFELY

Generally, mozzie repellents are safe for everyone except for babies older than three months. In that case, look for insect repellents for babies. If you can’t find one of those, try to find one that has lower levels of active ingredients.

HOW TO USE MOSQUITO REPELLENT EFFECTIVELY

• Apply evenly to all areas of your skin because they don’t work if you spray them on like you are spraying on perfume
• It’s not a good idea to apply mosquito repellent aerosols or pump sprays directly to your face
• Spray or roll onto your hands first, then rub on your face
• If you sweat a lot or you’ve been in the water fishing or swimming, reapply
• Never use mozzie repellent on babies under 3 months old
• If you are sweating through activity outdoors, you’ll need a stronger repellent, it’s that simple

 


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Suzy T
suzyt@dinga.com.au

From camping to fishing, to trekking and touring around Australia for lengthy periods of time, Suzy lives it. She also has a passion for pets. Now she is sharing her experiences.