Indian summers and monsoons are a tricky and sticky affair. The heat and humidity are unbearable, but letting the cool air in is not an option thanks to the overactive mosquitoes.
What makes the over 3,500 species of mosquitoes even more harmful are the bacteria, viruses and parasites they transmit, thereby becoming carriers of life-threatening diseases.
We employ various techniques to keep those pesky bugs away from our homes, but we often forget to use repellents when we’re out and about.
With the many many options of mosquito repellents available in the market today, it can be quiet daunting and confusing the find one that matches all your requirements perfectly.
To simplify the process for you, we have gone ahead and listed down the most important factors you should keep in mind while selecting a mosquito repellent.
Ingredients are key when it comes to selecting a repellent:
DEET: Extremely Effective | Recommended for Adults
DEET is one of the most effective chemicals known to us that repels mosquitoes. The concentration of DEET in the product determines its strength and how often you would need to use it. DEET based products are the most effective when it comes to keeping the mosquitoes away for upto ten hours, but it is not safe for young children and those with sensitive skin.
Natural Ingredients | Effective | Better for Kids
Ingredients like eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, neem oil, picaridin from black pepper plants and oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) from lemon eucalyptus leaves are known to work well as natural insect repellents.
Since these are all-natural ingredients and not as strong as DEET, they’re perfect for younger kids, as well as those with sensitive skin.
Ease of Application and Usage
Cream or Gel Based Products | Before You Step Out of the House
Cream or gel-based repellents are meant to be applied directly onto your skin, just like a regular cream. These are good because you can always regulate how much you want to be applying and how much surface area you want to cover based on your needs.
It is better to use these repellents before you step out because unlike others, they take a bit longer to properly sink in, so it a while for the stickiness to go away.
Patches | Perfect for Children
The best way to protect your children from insects like mosquitoes without lathering up with lotion is by using repellent patches. Patches are easy to apply and are highly efficient.
All you have to do is peel them off the packaging and apply them on the outside of clothes. These patches provide upto 24 hours of protection!
Spray Types| Skin and Clothes Friendly
These types are great for those who want something that they can use not only on their skin but also on their clothes.
But just like a cream-based product, you must rub it in properly once you spray it on your skin, so it’s evenly spread.
Spray type repellents are recommended if you want something that is compact and you can carry with you.