Monsoon season usually brings in more mosquitoes, but in recent times mosquitoes prevail in large numbers irrespective of the seasons. Malaria, Dengue, chikungunya, and you can list many more diseases that have its source in mosquitoes. Though there are a number of products in the market that promises to chase away or kill mosquitoes, they are of little help is the sad truth. Award for the best invention to kill mosquitoes should go to mosquito bat. The shocking truth is a number of diseases that are caused due to mosquito repellents exceeds mosquitoes itself.
When we measure the level of dangerous ill effects that takes place due to various mosquito repellent products, one that ranks in the first place would be mosquito coils. Chemicals that used to manufacture mosquito coils are really more aggressive in nature. Pesticides such as pyrethrum, dye, fungicide are some of the main ingredients in its manufacturing process. Smoke released from a single mosquito coil can cause damage that equals to 100 cigarettes. Carbon released from coils has high carcinogenic content which causes cancer. This could result in inflammation in lungs, cough, cold, wheezing, throat pain, asthma, irritation in eyes, nausea, and many other diseases. Inhaling this smoke regularly may cause cancer in nose, lungs, throat and respiratory tract. Chemicals found in mosquito coils will settle down on your food when it’s light, and if you do not cover the food properly, this might, in turn, cause a lot of problems with stomach and digestion.
Mosquito repellents are also available in liquid form. At the center of these liquid bottles is graphite rod. This rod will be soaked in the liquid, when it gets warm due to electricity, liquid gets vaporized and mixed with air. This will cut off the senses in mosquitoes, thereby it stops mosquitoes from approaching humans. It contains two major pesticides namely prallelthrin and allethrin, inhaling these chemicals regularly will cause problems in the respiratory tract, infection in the colon, running nose, allergy, infection in the lungs, and many more problems. In some people, it could even lead to sinus problems.
Mosquito mats are available in blue color, they look like a small chip. One side of it will have the silver foil like paper. It will also get warm with the help of electricity and chemicals present in the mat is vaporized and mixes with air. It contains chemicals such as pyrethrum and allethrin. These chemicals can lead to a headache, wheezing, cough, eye irritation, and many other problems.
Mosquito Fast Card
It will burn off within three minutes. Though it contains fewer chemicals as compared to other mosquito repellents, doesn’t mean it is any safer to use. Smoke released from these fast cards can cause allergy, infection in the lungs, cough, and many other problems.
It is best to avoid any kind of mosquito repellents if there are mosquitoes in your home, it’s better to switch on and burn these mosquito repellents two hours before you get to sleep, and make sure to close you the doors and windows in your bedroom. Then one hour before you get to sleep, open the windows and doors to let the smoke out. Doing so we can prevent the harmful effects of mosquito repellents to a certain degree. But the most intelligent decision you can make is to get inside a mosquito net, it is the best choice you can make if you consider the ill effects and diseases caused due to both mosquitoes and mosquito repellents.
Mosquito creams and oils
Prevent using mosquito repellents that give out smoke if there are little kids and babies at home. For up to three months, do not use any cream or oils on baby’s skin. Mosquito net is the best option. For kids aged between 3 months to 1 year, there are wet tissues that chase away mosquitoes, and this is available at most baby shops. For babies over a year old, use creams as advised by a doctor. Adults can use creams that don’t have any odor.
Mosquito creams and oils can only be used on healthy and hygienic skin surface. For those with skin allergies and people with sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid these products. For some, mosquito creams can cause allergy, blisters, burning sensation, and other problems.
Instead of using mosquito repellents that are rich in harmful chemicals, we can prevent mosquitoes in a natural way. Mosquitoes identify us through our sweat, odors and carbon dioxide we breath out. Normally mosquitoes, flies, and worms gather around foul places like sewage, drainage etc. This is one of the main reasons why more mosquitoes gather around people who are unhygienic. So it’s essential to maintain a healthy and hygienic body free of toxins.