Published on : Apr 26, 2016
The center for Disease Prevention and Control in Europe had recently stated that the climate change situation is creating an increase in the overall temperature of Northern Europe. The resultant temperature rise will create a humid and wet environment in this region, significantly increasing the population of tiger mosquitoes. This spells panic for the North Europe citizens who are doing what they can to avoid serious insect-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, and Lyme disease. And the first line of defense for most consumers is the use of insect repellants. At the same time, consumers are also becoming increasingly aware of the use of harmful chemicals in repellants and the repercussions of using them for long durations.
DEET and Other Harmful Repellant Chemicals
It pays to read the warning labels and ingredients labels on insect repellants. For example, the CDC has warned consumers against the use of DEET, or dimethyl-meta-toluamide. It is harmful to children under two months of age. Lemon eucalyptus oil can also be harmful to children under three years of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that DEET usage of more than 10% should never be used on or around children, while the DEET concentration safe for adults is 30%.
Other Precautions on Repellant Usage
A lot of care needs to be taken before using insect repellants, even if the label guarantees the use of all natural ingredients. Repellants are by nature, harmful to specific living beings, and can also be harmful to humans if used callously. For example, users should not apply insect repellant on cuts or wounds. This will cause ingestion of the chemicals and/or skin irritation. Insect repellants should also not be sprayed inside a closed up space. This will cause the user to directly inhale the chemical.
The importance of using insect repellant is very visible in today’s societies, as consumers are looking to both body worn as well as non-body worn repellants for safety from diseases.