How To Choose An Effective Mosquito Repellent That Is Natural & Safe
So many mosquito repellents are not really effective or only effective for a short time. Others are so toxic that you should only put them on your skin if it is imperative to protect yourself (and then not too often).
Mosquitoes are considered to be one of the deadliest insects in the world. This is because carry life-threatening parasites and viruses and they have a very high rate of reproduction. Every year more than a million people die from the consequences of mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes have been around for millions of years and they have been evolving special abilities that allow them to find their prey more accurately.
They have developed a variety of keen sensors that help them track us down. Here some tips to help slow them down.
- Visual sensors – Mosquitos have a well-developed pair of eyes that allow them to see moving objects, such as humans, and animals. If you are wearing clothes that appear to be in contrast with your environment (bright colors), mosquitos are well equipped to be able to see and differentiate you from the background.
- Chemical sensors:Mosquitoes are able to detect certain chemicals associated with animals. They can smell lactic acid and carbon dioxide from 36 meters (100 feet) away. These gasses are common to mammals and birds, as it is a product of their respiration. There are certain chemicals present in sweat, which also seem to attract mosquitos. It’s a fact, if you sweat less you are less likely to get bitten.
- Infra red detection: these heat sensors are the mosquitos most specialized and reliable adaptation. They have developed the ability to be able to sense heat that comes off the bodies of warm-blooded animals, so even when it is pitch dark, mosquitos still have a clear vision of any object that gives off heat.
An insect with a well-developed assortment of adaptations is extremely successful. However, understanding this behavior has helped scientists to develop several ways of combating mosquitos by developing repellents that confuse the mosquito’s senses and ultimately keep them away from us.
There are several products that one can choose from that address one of the above sensors. Leaf-Juice Mosquito Repellent combats mosquitos via their strongest sensors. It changes your thermal image, making you “invisible” to mosquitos for up to 4 hours.
How do you become invisible to mosquitos?
Leaf Juice’s mosquito repellent uses a special compound called PMD or p-menthane-3-8-diol, aka Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus Extract. This is 100% natural but not to be confused with lemon eucalyptus oil.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus extract is a specific compound isolated from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus trees, which is usually applied in form of a spray. This ingredient has earned widespread positive reviews in two studies, which were first published in the Journal of Insect Science in 2015.
Research focused on a total of eight repellents that were commercially available, in order to isolate which product was effective in repelling or attracting disease-carrying mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopoctus when applied to subjects hands. They found that a plant-based repellent containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD produced very effective and long lasting results.
Another study published in the Journal of Insect Science in 2017 carried out another series of experiments with wearable repellents, DEET and PMD sprays in order to determine their effectiveness, again, the plant-based repellent containing PMD was found to be very effective. Almost as effective, as its toxic counter part DEET.
Several studies also showed that oil of lemon eucalyptus extract showed had no identifiable adverse effects on the health of users or the environment. At Leaf Juice prefer plant-based repellents to their chemical-based alternatives.
Leaf-Juice packages their PMD Mosquito Repellent in several options.
100ml bottle with trigger spray or a 45ml travel size mini spray bottle.
There is the added option of Lemongrass Essential oil or Fragrance free options in the same sizes.
How to use the PMD Mosquito Repellent.
Proper application is important; You must shake the bottle well and spray your exposed body parts, such as arms and legs. It is important to cover all the skin so it is best to follow up with your hand to spread the repellent evenly. If you missed a spot they might find it! For face apply to hand first.
The highly effective repellent lasts for approximately 4 hours. If you sweat a lot simply reapply.
Feel safe from both chemicals and mosquitos with Leaf-Juice brand Mosquito Repellent available at www.Leaf-juice.com Suggested Retail price is S$14/100ml
Leaf-Juice brand has been developed for the Tempat Senang Spa Resort on Batam Island in Indonesia.