Well, I really think that we all love the hot summer days, but nobody likes the mosquitoes. And we change the fact that these 2 things go along, right? Mosquitos can be a huge nuisance!
Most of the mosquito repellent products are loaded with chemicals, which is the main reason why using these products to keep the mosquitos away is not on the top of everyone’s wish list. You should know that the first mosquito repellent has been on the market since 1956. Not many people like these mosquito repelling products, because they don’t like the smell and they are also scared of the adverse effects of DEET in sprays and are more prone to getting bit by these boring bugs. Using chemical insecticides can be hazardous. DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-tolouamide) is the active ingredient in many mosquito repellants. The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed DEET safe for human use but still posts a list of warnings in its use.
You’ll be shocked when we tell you that up to 56% of DEET applied topically penetrates intact human skin and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream. Blood concentrations of about 3 mg per liter have been reported several hours after DEET repellent was applied to skin in the prescribed fashion. DEET is also absorbed by the gut.
As we said, unfortunately, the commercial bug repellents are expensive, toxic, and don’t always work as well as they should. They also have serious side effects including:
- Breathing difficulty
- Loss of alertness
- Upset stomach
- Insomnia and mood changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blistering, burns, and permanent scars
- Hives or mild skin redness and irritation on area sprayed
- Burning and redness of the eyes, nose, and throat