Who says sunny days, heat and rainy episodes, says great return of our worst enemies: mosquitoes. Essential oils, plants, mosquito nets, sprays … All means are good to keep these unwanted people away. But which repellents are most effective? We take stock.
They keep us from to sleep, bite us, give us buttons, cause itches, ring in our ears … In summer, the dreaded mosquito points the tip of his nose. To chase away this unpleasant pest, the first reflex is to resort to insecticides. However, these chemical mosquito repellents are often harmful and ineffective. These unwanted people have a capacity for adaptation which makes them more resistant to products.
The fight doesn’t stop there. Mosquito traps, bracelets, ultrasound devices and applications, burning spirals, diffusers … We generally take out the whole panoply of existing products to make them flee. But not all repellents are created equal. Some are more effective than others and have fewer, if not none, new substances. These are the most natural and simplest displays that allow you to keep at a distance and drive away these “bloodsuckers” in a lasting and effective way, whether during the day or in the evening.
How to keep mosquitoes away?
There are several techniques to scare away these insects.
Track down standing water points. The first method is to eliminate all mosquito nests in order to limit their proliferation. Cups, gutters, vats, water basins, containers, tires, tanks … All places where water collects must be emptied because in these environments, mosquitoes lay larvae and develop. It only takes a small amount of water to deposit hundreds of eggs.
Mosquito repellent: loose clothing and fabric softeners. Bet on your outfit to avoid getting stung and end up with ugly buttons. Clothes are an effective mosquito barrier but under certain conditions. They should be large, covering and light in color. You should also wear closed shoes or high socks. The worn parts can also keep these critters away thanks to mosquito softeners to be added during washing. The linen retains repellency for two months and up to several washes.
Avoid scented products. We have all noticed: mosquitoes always attack and attack the same people. To avoid becoming or becoming their prey again, you should regularly take showers, if you sweat a lot, because these pests love carbon dioxide emissions, perspiration, smells. It is also better to refrain from using cosmetics or scented soaps that attract these species.
Mosquito repellents: repellent sprays. While some people are unconvinced of the effectiveness of repellant sprays, these products actually ward off these unwanted when used correctly, that is, in sufficient quantity and evenly. Just spray them several times on the skin or clothes throughout the day or night.
Repellents: bulbs or LED lamps. To scare mosquitoes, it is possible to opt for a little known but effective method: bulbs or LED lamps. Placed in all rooms of the house, their blue UV burns out and eliminates these insects. Another accessory but this time used since time immemorial: the mosquito net. This muslin or metallic fabric can be installed on windows, doors or around beds.
Mosquito repellent: plants. Another option: get rid of these specimens with Plant. Just plant lemongrass, geraniums, basil or from lavender. They should then be placed at the edge of windows, on a terrace or on a balcony. Their odors effectively repel mosquitoes.
The best strategy for hunting these critters is still to combine different protections and techniques.
How to scare away mosquitoes at night?
Mosquitoes don’t like cool places. To keep them at bay during his sleep, it is therefore necessary to switch on The air conditioning. No more buzzing in the middle of the night thanks to the fan. Just place it well away from the bed. This device removes these critters because the projected air destabilizes them. Light as a feather, mosquitoes cannot withstand the wind. They therefore find it difficult to land on the skin and bite their prey. If these pests are attracted to carbon dioxide emissions and the odors that emanate from our skin, it is difficult for them to detect where exactly this emanation comes from because of the fan.
What are the odors that repel mosquitoes?
If mosquitoes are particularly fond of the odors that emanate from our body, they are less fond of those emitted by them. plants. Their so-called insect repellent scents are unpleasant for these insects and displease them. Results: they repel them effectively. The most famous natural insecticide is lemongrass. But it’s not the only one. Basil, geranium, lavender, eucalyptus or mint can also get rid of these specimens.
To make them flee, it is therefore necessary either to plant them and place them in the right place, or opt for the essential oils of these plants and apply a few drops to the skin or clothes. Another tip: spread essential oils in a room to keep mosquitoes at bay.
What is the best mosquito repellant?
According to’UFC-What to Choose, “the most effective products are based on DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) at concentrations of 25 and 30%”. For them to work properly and effectively, they must be applied liberally. “They are recommended in all areas where mosquitoes are at risk of transmitting dengue, chikungunya or malaria”, indicates the association.
The other active substances are icaridine, which is considered to be effective, and IR3535, the effectiveness of which depends on its composition. But also citriodiol, which has a variable effectiveness depending on the formulation. These substances are found in the family of repellents, which mainly includes skin repellents to be applied to the skin. “They often come in the form of a spray (so avoid spraying directly on the face), but there are also cream or gel formulations.”
As for their duration of protection, the manufacturers promise 8 hours of tranquility and sometimes even more. But the association specifies that “When a product is good, the average duration of protection measured during laboratory tests is rather around 4 hours. Rather than relying on the indications on the packaging, a new layer should be applied as soon as feel the mosquitoes approaching, and above all, generously coat themselves if you want good protection. “
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