Which products are the most effective at repelling mosquitoes? We find out.
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– Use concentration of 10% and below for children
– These chemicals may trigger allergic reactions
– These are not as effective as Deet-containing repellents.
– They repel mosquitoes by masking body chemicals.
– They include plant-based oils such as lemon eucalyptus, cedar, peppermint and lemongrass.
– Such products may irritate the skin.
– These are scented with citronella or similar oils, which helps to prevent mosquitoes from smelling humans.
– It’s unclear how long such patches last, or how many patches a person needs.
– Different brands also come in different strengths.
– These attract and kill mosquitoes.
– People generally emit more carbon dioxide than a small trap, and mosquitoes may still be drawn towards them instead.
– These emit repellents when burnt.
– They can be a fire hazard.
– They can produce the same amount of PM2.5 pollutants as burning 75 to 137 cigarettes.
– These repel mosquitoes by emitting a high-pitched sound that humans cannot hear.
– At least 10 field studies have shown that these do not have any discernible effect.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
(Illustrations: Straits Times graphics; main photo: 123rf.com)