Mosquitoes and gnats. The best pest repellent.
Best pest repellent. This year's summer was surprisingly humid and rainy (by American standards, naturally), and this is the best weather for mosquitoes and mosquitoes. Fortunately, these little blood-sucking creatures in the USA almost can not tolerate various diseases, but can make your nights completely unbearable.
In this publication, the author will review and give a personal evaluation of all the money he knows from these "little vampires".
The first in the list is the already known citronella, which is widely advertised, but in general it is not very effective. In any store you will see several packages of this widely advertised product. But personally, I do not see any sense in this product, the wasted money. And if this product somehow helps from mosquitoes, then mosquitoes ignore it completely. This applies to both candles and pills, as well as to live plants.
- dried crushed citronella - seasoning for meat and vegetables;
- lemon-scented leaves - tea additive;
- decoction of leaves - antiseptic, helps with colds.
The score is 5 out of 10
Two in one! Dressing and mosquito repellent. Basil has many varieties, which differ in shape and color, so that you can also decorate the window sill or bed with unusual combinations. The plant is annual, it grows quite simply.
- excellent seasoning for a variety of dishes;
- during the flowering period, attracts the garden of insect pollinators.
The score is 3 out of 10
It is a beautiful plant with a soothing scent, which is better to grow in pots (or help him survive a cold winter). What but not flavor with lavender! But mosquitoes do not like its essential oils.
- dried flowers - seasoning for baked goods and confectionery;
- used as an antiseptic;
- bouquets with lavender are used to protect things from moth.
Note that the smell of lavender strongly discourages mosquitoes and other insects. But at high concentrations, it can make you feel unwell. In principle, this applies to any other chemical agents from insects.
The score is 6 out of 10
The mosquitoes can't stand the smell of peppermint. And not only mosquitoes can't stand the smell of peppermint. The essential oil of this plant is one of the best pest repellent (from which it is almost impossible to find special means). And if you do get bit by a mosquito, rub the juice of the plant in the bite to remove the itching.
- seasoning for various dishes, a component of drinks and cocktails;
- has an anti-inflammatory effect;
- helps with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
The score is 5 out of 10
Ways of using rosemary are usually concentrated in cookery books. But in the flower bed the plant behaves as well as marsh mint: it drives away mosquitoes and attracts butterflies.
- rosemary oil is a good preservative;
- broths and infusions improve the condition of oily skin;
- enhances memory.
The score is 4 out of 10
Technological means of mosquito repellent.
All numerous mosquito repellents are divided into 2 large groups:
The purpose of fumigants - the destruction of bloodsucking, pest repellent repellents are only designed to scare away insects.
Fumigants are used both indoors and outdoors: they are all known fumigators with plates or liquid, spirals, all kinds of trap lamps and so on.
Repellents are usually used in nature when you need to scare away mosquitoes for a few hours: these are sprays, pencils and different emulsions. Bracelets against mosquitoes are also popular today.
To scare away mosquitoes and gnats, they can be used outdoors - in nature, in the forest, in the garden, by the water, with care - on the terrace, in the gazebos. They are a spiral-compressed insecticide. In order for this tool to take effect, it is necessary to set fire to the edge of the spiral - it will begin to smolder and emit smoke, which scares away annoying bloodsuckers, and thanks to fumigation active substance - strikes a "deadly blow" to mosquitoes, yet caught in the field of its action.
But to protect children from mosquitoes the spiral should be used very carefully. And for children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating women it is better not to use at all.
The score is 6 out of 10
Pest repellent - Indoor Bug Zapper With UV Light
They operate on the same principle, but they have an increased concentration of active substance, so one Indoor Bug Zapper With UV Light is equivalent to 4 spirals. In the presence of children from 5 to 10 years old it is possible (not too often) to use weak smokeless spirals without smell. It is necessary to take the precautions described in the instructions, to control the child (so that he or she does not come close to the spiral and does not touch it) and to observe his or her reaction (if tears and snot flowing, he or she sneezes, if he or she has shortness of breath, it is impossible to use spirals in the presence of a child).
By and large, it is a compact heating device, working from a 220 V network. In this device are inserted plates (cardboard impregnated with insecticide) or liquid (a bottle filled with the same drug in which a special rod is omitted). A quarter of an hour after switching on the device (this time is needed to warm up to operating temperature), the highly volatile active substances begin to evaporate evenly. They also kill annoying insects. One plate at constant use will protect the room of 15-20 m2 for a period of 10-12 hours (one night). Liquids are more convenient than plates - one jar will suffice for 30-90 nights of continuous work (no need for daily replacement).
It is necessary to take into account that plates and liquids come with different flavors, i.e. in the process of work they not only kill mosquitoes, but also fill the room with various pleasant aromas of tea, freshness, herbs and citrus fruits, etc. There are also odorless plates.
Indoor Bug Zapper With UV Light should only be selected from well-known brands.
All products and devices must be certified.
Not certified devices often cause short circuits, besides such devices can be melted from overheating and even self-ignition.
Wafers and liquids with expired expiration dates should not be used.
Before use, please read the instructions for use carefully.
The score is 9 out of 10
High Voltage Bug Zapper with UV Lamp
An excellent device, especially when you need to cover a large area. The working power of such devices reaches about 30m2. Simplicity, safety and efficiency is at a very high level. Such a device can be easily fixed in any part of the house (it is best to hang above the front door). In our opinion, this is one of the best pest repellent!
The score is 9 out of 10
Repellents: creams, milk, emulsions
For hiking in the forest and fishing, the best option for insect control are repellents.
They come in different types: solid (pencils), liquid (milk, cream and emulsion) and sprays with aerosols.
A pencil is the most accessible and hypoallergenic remedy.
It dries for a long time, so it works for several hours and is very economical.
A mosquito pencil is easy to use: when applied, the palms remain clean, and unlike aerosols and emulsions, it does not need to be reapplied to the skin every hour and a half.
Milk and liquid mosquito repellent cream are effective only for an hour and a half, then they need to be renewed.
However, they smell nice and are usually suitable for children from 1 year. Aerosol from mosquitoes works for 2-3 hours, but it is evenly applied and can be sprayed directly on clothing.
Another excellent option is the pest repellent, which is attached to a backpack or clothes.
The score is 8 out of 10
Bracelets for mosquitoes
These funds are very popular today.
Such bracelets are impregnated with natural citronella essential oil - it is worth putting them on your hand, and protection against blood-sucking insects for a few hours is provided.
These mosquito repellents are hypoallergenic, natural and suitable for small children. It is worn on the wrist or leg, or you can hang it from a crib or stroller to protect your child at night or during a walk. If you are outdoors, just put the strap next to you on the table or attach it to the leg of the chair, and in a hike - to the backpack, there are many ways to use the bracelets. The width of the bracelets is 10 mm and the radius is 50 mm. The weight of the bracelet is only 5 gr. The repellent effect extends to a distance of about 40-60 cm around the bracelet.
The soft and flexible polymer base of the bracelet is impregnated with a natural hypoallergenic vegetable composition (lemon and eucalyptus oil or natural essence of citronella oil), which scares away mosquitoes without harming the baby.
The repellent effect of the bracelet lasts from 140 to 240 hours (depending on the manufacturer) from the moment the package is opened. Bracelet will last much longer (for several months), justifying its price, if you wear it only for a walk, and on arrival at home immediately cleaned in a hermetically sealed container (usually included).
Reviews about these bracelets are quite controversial, but all agree in one thing: the main thing - to buy branded funds, not the cheapest.
The only drawback is that their action is usually only enough for a day (5-6 hours), although the instruction promises 5-10 days.
The score is 6 out of 10
If you've already been bitten
One of the easiest methods to treat mosquito, mosquito and bee stings is regular vinegar. It is enough to apply a cotton wad or a napkin moistened with vinegar to the bite, and the itching will calm down and pass in a few minutes. The affected area can also be lubricated with alcohol.
Itching from mosquito bites can also be removed with a solution of drinking soda (0.5 teaspoon per glass of water), ammonia (half with water) or pale pink solution of manganese. Bite sites can be lubricated with kefir.
Slightly softened fresh cherry, plantain, parsley or mint leaves are good for relieving pain and itching.