It’s the time of year when those pesky mosquitos are out in force. I’ve put together a round-up of my favourite mosquito repellants.
JoJo Maman Bebe’s Superband Insect Repelling Wrist Band
These DEET-free yellow wrist bands are a super cute and easy way to prevent your little ones getting bitten. They’re also suitable for adults and can be worn on the wrist or the ankle. They’re made from non-toxic oils that last approximately 200 hours. The great thing about these bands is that they can be worn by the pool or at the beach.
Green Baby Mosquito Patch
Green Baby’s natural, DEET-free mosquito patches can be used for all ages, perfect even for newborns. They’re basically a small cushion plaster patch containing microcapsules of essential oils. They can keep mosquitos at bay for up to 10 hours.
Lovebug Electronic Mosquito Deterrant
This clever device is a safe and easy way to keep mosquitos away from your baby, without having to apply anything direct to your baby’s skin. The Lovebug is hardly audible to humans, but loud and clear to mosquitoes, by imitating the sound of a dragonfly’s wing beat. You can clip this to practically anything – pushchairs, car seats and cots. A great device to take on your travels.
Jungle Formula Insect Repellent
This insect repellent has been announced as the 2013 Product of the Year, Outdoor Health category winner. Jungle Formula products do contain DEET, but for young children, pregnant of breastfeeding women there is the Sensitive Skin product, which contains jojoba to sooth the skin.
Jungle Formula Indoor Plug-In and Refill
Another superb production from Jungle Formula is their Plug-In. The Plug-In works by releasing a long lasting, ordour-less, insecticide vapour to keep your room clear of bugs, offering up to 45 night protection. It also has a child-proof lock so it’s safe to use around children, although personally, I would recommend this for adults.
Incognito Mosquito Repellent
Suitable for use by all the family including young babies, Incognito provides 100% protection against all mosquitos. Stronger than any DEET based product, Incognito is also certified as 100% natural, working for up to 5 hours.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero
Undoubtedly the chicest of all mosquito repellants, Mrs White’s Unstung Hero is a must for the bathroom shelf in your holiday home. It’s a completely natural, fragrant and fresh Eau de Cologne, with an ingredient that renders you ‘invisible’ to mosquitos, ticks, black fly, wasps and bees. Completely non-toxic, this formula protects for up to 4 hours. Intended for older children (3 years +) and adults, this uplifting lemon tea fragrance is suitable for both men and women.
Kite is a new company devoted to combating mosquito-borne diseases worldwide. The product is not available to purchase yet, but it’s one we’ll be keeping a very close eye on. Kite is a simple, affordable and scalable sticker that comes in different colours and patterns.
At the moment, the company are busy raising funds to conduct a field trial in Uganda, one of the regions hardest hit my malaria. Once this trial has been successfully completed, patches should be available on shelves within 12 months.
We wish these guys all the best!
Boots Bite & Sting Relief – Click It
Trusty Boots have a product that on clicking, a safe electrical pulse is released which is designed to sooth the itching and relieve the urge to scratch mosquito bites and stings. It’s been clinically tested and confirmed safe to use on children over 4 years and over.