The best way to protect your surroundings, home and family from mosquitos is the use of the mosquito repellent. They come in varied forms and is a matter of personal choice. However, when purchasing mosquito repellents one should ensure that in contains certain ingredients that do the task of keeping away these pests.
The best of and most effective mosquito repellent contain DEET, which is a chemical that functions as an active repellent for insects. This chemical had been created primarily to be applied on the skin or on the clothes. Amongst the other ingredients are oil extracts from the catnip plant, nepetalactone, citronella and eucalyptus oil extract. Repellents may contain all these, or a combination of only some of them.
Apart from the chemical mosquito repellant an ideal means of warding away these flying creatures is by keeping the air in motion in a room or on the outdoors. The mosquitos cannot tolerate moving air, and keeping the fan on or fanning oneself while on the move would prevent the mosquito bites.
It may happen that certain family member maybe chronically allergic to some ingredient or the other in the mosquito repellant. In such circumstances one can grow certain plants that naturally ward of the buzzing long-legged flies. These include wormwood, sagewort, lemon balm, lemon grass, lemon thyme and Pelargonium. However, according to many these plants are effective only when their leaves are crushed and spread around.
Amongst the synthetically created mosquito repellant there are various types that serve a common purpose. It is all about convenience and choice. So, while the sprays have been in popular use, there are repellant creams and lotions, the nets and electric mats, the ultrasonic devices, incense sticks and coils, as well as the insect zappers.