How does Mosquito repellent works?

How does Mosquito repellent works?
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Mosquitoes are a continuing problem in every household in all parts of India. They become a sort of horror especially during this present season of monsoon in India. Children are afraid of them and these mosquitoes do not let anyone live in peace. We are either busy scratching body areas they bite on or are worried about the fact that they can bring with them some harmful diseases.

The tropical warm climate is the breeding ground of mosquitoes and the only way to keep ourselves safe from these harmful mosquitoes is by protecting ourselves and our house from them.

So what is the best mosquito repellent or the mosquito killer to protect your home?

Mortein Mosquito Repellent is a household name in India since 1993. Mortein is an Australian brand of household insecticide owned by British company Reckitt Benckiser. Together with its sister product Aerogard, a popular insect repellent, Mortein has become something of a household name. The word ‘Mortein’ is a combination of the French word ‘mort’ meaning ‘dead’ and the German word ‘ein’ (one). Mortein is found in every home to protect us against the perils of these insects.

When are mosquitoes active?

It is generally believed that mosquitoes are active only at night. But the fact is that they are active all throughout the day.

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Some species of mosquito species such as Aedes are active during the day, and they tend to bite humans violently during these hours, particularly in the morning and late afternoon. These mosquitoes spread Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. On the other hand, some mosquitoes in the genus Culex, are mainly active at night and carry pathogen that causes West Nile virus. Anopheles mosquitoes responsible for spreading malaria are active during night, dawn and dusk.

So it is important that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes all-round the clock, each part of the year. Mortien Mosquito Repellent comes in handy to keep these mosquitoes at bay.

How does Mosquito repellent works?

Are you the one who is often bitten by mosquitoes?

Or you are one of those born with natural mosquito repellent superpowers?

So if you belong to the first category you might wonder what is it that attract mosquitoes to you? Let me tell you.

Mosquitoes have brilliant smelling ability, and it appears that, they have a soft corner for carbon dioxide. People who breathe out more CO2 than others are the target. In other words, people who are fat or those with high metabolism or people who work out – are by and large the targets.

Being pregnant increases your chances of being bitten by the mosquito. The reason being that apart from CO2, pregnant women also give out more heat and this is another thing that mosquitoes are attracted to. When you sweat, they smell the lactic acids present on your skin and hair, which automatically attracts them towards you.

“Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide as well as the warmth and humidity you’re giving off”, says Renee Anderson, PhD, a medical entomologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. “They follow the trail, flying in a zigzag pattern, until they find the source. In addition, they are also attracted to certain chemicals in your sweat. And mosquitoes love a moving target — it helps them zero in”.

So how to protect yourself from an itchy bite and a potential disease?

The answer is by using a mosquito repellant. From zappers to catchers to candles to sprays, mosquito repellents come in many forms. Among the best I have seen is mortein which is the instant mosquito killer.

There are different types of mosquito repellents available in the market and they work in different ways. Some of them only repel them while others kill them. How long they remain effective depends on the nature and the concentration of the ingredients used.

Most of the mosquito repellents evaporate on the skin. They block the mosquito’s sense of smell, and thus prevent it from finding its target. This is how substances such as icaridine or diethyltoluamide (DEET) work. There are many kinds of repellents such as:

  • Chemical repellents such as DEB or DEET, picaridin or icaridin.
  • Spatial repellents such as coils, spray aerosols, vaporizers and mats.
  • Natural repellents made from essential oils such as lemongrass, citronella, cedar, neem, lavender, eucalyptus, and soybean.
  • Gadgets such as mosquito rackets.

Mortein Mosquito Repellent is available in both electrical as well as non-electrical product formats such as electrical plugins, instacards and aerosols. It depends on your need which one to use and when. While the electrical products give you a nonstop and powerful protection for a long time, the non-electrical products give Instant relief from the bugs.

How to keep mosquitoes away?

No doubt you are using Mortein mosquito killer and repellent to get rid of these bugs, but at the same time you need to make sure that you keep a clean mosquito free zone around. Follow these tips to keep bugs at bay:

  1. Make sure there is no stagnant water in and around your home as this is the breeding place for mosquitoes.
  2. Keep plants and herbs like citronella, garlic, basil, rosemary, peppermint as they repel mosquitoes.
  3. Keep your bird baths and swimming pool clean.
  4. Apply mosquito repellant when you go out.
  5. If you keep your house and its surrounding area clean, no mosquito can enter your house.

Protect your family from mosquitoes by using the best mosquito killer and repellent!

Comments (12)

  • The mosquitos do usually flock to one person, thankfully it is not me. Great post, thanks for the information.

  • A very good and informative article. Keep it up

  • I now suffer badly from mosquito bites and need an antihistamine when bitten. I recently bought a device that is meant to repel them by emitting sound waves. Although I’ve worn it I still used Aeroguard too! I’m not sure whether to trust it! We rely on flyscreens on all opening windows to keep mosquitoes outside.

    My daughter, who often works in remote parts of Australia, caught a mosquito born virus that affected her badly on and off for 2 years.

    • Author

      Hi Sue

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. it is really bad in India these days due to rains.

  • Hello Sonal! great review on this mosquito repellent my friend! This year has been terrible for mosquito’s here in the north woods of Wisconsin. I imagine because of all the rain! My property has turned into a swamp, perfect nesting grounds for those blood sucking insects!

    Great Share
    Thanks Chery!
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      Hi Chery

      Condition is the same here in India as well due to monsoons.

  • Hi Sonal,
    That was a very well researched article. I am one that the mosquitos love unfortunately.
    Around where I live I do make sure not to have any standing water and we don’t live near any water but when I visit my friend who lives on a lake, I do suffer if I forget to put on my repellant. Good post.

  • Mosquitoes are really a big problem especially in summer. This are great tips and I will apply them for sure because we live in an area that is full of them and they seem to get used to every spray.
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  • Hi Sonal,

    Nice Informative Post!

    Mosquitoes don’t just whine in your ear and drive you mad with itching, but they also spread disease to more than 700 million people every year.

    The best way to keep swarms of mosquitoes from descending on your backyard barbecue is to get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

    Some mosquito species lay eggs directly in stagnant water. Others lay eggs in containers — a tree hollow, a birdbath, a kiddie pool, etc. — above the water line. Then, when it rains, the eggs are submerged and they hatch.

    You need to scrub out those containers.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for reflecting light on this topic.

    • Author

      Hi Manish

      It is rainy season in India and mosquitoes are a big problem. You are very right that stagnant water is the place where mosquitoes breed. People should take care of their surroundings.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful feedback!

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