And indeed, mosquitoes have an almost uncanny ability to find us; apparently, they are acutely sensitive to the warmth emitted by our bodies, as well as the smell of carbon dioxide and other gases secreted by the surfaces of our skin.
Although they have an extremely short lifespan (2-3 weeks only), mosquitoes breed very rapidly; the females of the species are capable of laying hundreds upon hundreds of eggs and many offspring in a very short amount of time.
About mosquito repellent bracelets
In the search to satisfy consumers’ demand for a mosquito repellent that is clean, convenient – and effective – one of the innovations manufacturers have come up with is the concept of a mosquito repellent bracelet.
The idea is very simple; a band or bracelet is laced with mosquito repellent, which you then clasp around your wrist – the insecticide emitted by the laced bracelet in the form of a vapor or gas forms a cloud of repellent around your person, protecting you against the incursions of insects.
One other notable advantage of mosquito bracelets is that, as a newer form of mosquito repellent device, they are often free of DEET-containing insecticides. DEET has long been the main active ingredient used in mosquito repellents – and whilst it functions well enough as a repellent, it is also thought to be toxic to humans, and the natural environment, with some claiming that prolonged exposure to DEET results in impaired neurological functioning and even permanent brain damage. Even if these claims are not true, many people are now leery of using DEET containing repellents – and particularly on their children.
Active ingredients used in mosquito bracelets
Most mosquito bracelets, in fact, contain natural ingredients at the base of their insecticides, such as lemon eucalyptus oil, geraniol oil, and citronella oil. As a result, they are far safer for the user than many sprays, lotions, and roll-on products. They can be used on children and even babies without any worries either. Mosquito bracelets are better for the environment as well!
A word of warning!
Mosquito bracelets are still a technology that’s in its infancy, and they are not yet an adequate replacement for traditional forms of insect repellent. A single bracelet is simply not powerful enough to provide you with comprehensive protection against mosquitoes. So whilst promising, it is wise not to get your hopes up about mosquito bracelets!
Mosquito bracelets certainly offer many advantages over insect repellent sprays, lotions, and roll-ons. They are also far more affordable than outdoor fogging solutions. This technology is still relatively young, though, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and think they can replace other repellents outright. Still, mosquito bracelets make a nice complement to conventional insect repellents – let’s now take a look at some of the best ones out there today.
Other factors to consider in choosing a mosquito bracelet
- Try to get yourself a bracelet that is waterproof, so that you can use it both indoors and outside.
- Look at the expected lifespan of the product – it should give you at least 200 hours of usage.
- Some mosquito repellent bracelets come in one size only – which means they won’t be able to fit young children, or by contrast those with very thick wrists. On the other hand, some bracelets come with an adjustable strap which makes them ‘one size fits all’, and also means they can be embossed on items of clothing – it is the latter type of product that you want.