The arrival of the Zika virus in the Americas has put a new emphasis on effective mosquito repellent this year. After years of avoiding chemical products, particularly sprays, consumers and parents are understandably concerned about whether natural repellents actually work.
The answer is: they do. Some work better than others. In fact, the only repellent products on the market that don’t seem to work against bugs are ultrasonic devices, according to Web MD. (They are, however, effective against pests like rodents.)
Natural Mosquito Repellent Patches Spare Your Skin and Lungs
Many bug repellents, particularly those that target mosquitoes, are applied to the skin as a cream or spray.
Sprays can get in the eyes, nose, and mouth, leaving behind irritation or at least an unpleasant odor or taste, even if they are non-toxic and/or made from natural products. They also need to be periodically reapplied if you’re sweating (inevitable in humid summer weather), swimming, or even caught in rain.
Creams aren’t much better, particularly for people with sensitive skin. And like sprays, they also need to be frequently reapplied.
There are products that are sweat- and water-resistant but keep in mind that they aren’t natural. Most sweat and water-resistant products contain silicone, which Best Health says can cause skin reactions.
Our natural mosquito repellent patches solve all these problems. They adhere to your clothing and shoes. There’s no spay or cream to come in contact with skin, eyes, or mouth. They repel bugs and flying insects with citronella scent, which comes from lemongrass. It’s mild enough for most people to not even notice.
Each patch will last for about 8 to 12 hours. We suggest applying two or three on yourself. Slap one on a pants leg or shoe and just under your neck. Add a third to the clothing around your waist if the area you’re in is very buggy. For best protection, put the patches on about 10 minutes before you go outside.
Citronella Oil Extracted from Lemongrass Provides Natural Mosquito Control
It’s funny–the citronella plant isn’t a natural mosquito repellent. In fact, it doesn’t do much at all. It doesn’t even produce citronella oil!
Citronella oil–at least the kind that acts like a natural repellent–comes from lemongrass, which grows in clumps that can reach six feet! In spite of its impressive height, lemongrass on its own doesn’t do much to discourage mosquitos. You have to get to the oil inside.
This is a long process, so if you’re interested in making your own homemade bug repellent, you can buy oil online and at many natural health and natural food stores. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has run a lot of tests on bug repellent and says citronella oil is a safe and effective product.
You may see reports that citronella oil isn’t as effective as DEET and chemical products. Keep in mind, though, that our patches continuously release a scent regardless of weather and skin conditions and other factors that affect the effectiveness of any repellent product.
One of our customers used the patches during a trip to Africa and loved them. Not only did she return home free of bites, but there was no staining on her clothing or stinging to her skin!