By Sean Murphy.
Zzzzzzz….zzzzzzzz. The sound we all dread in summer. As the temperature rises and we embrace the outdoors after winter, the presence of insects, namely mosquitos, become a necessary evil. There’s no real way of escaping them, but we can protect ourselves from being riddled with mosquito bites and the incessant itch they inflict.
There are roughly over 3,500 known varities of the mosquito species around the world and have been in existence for at least 226 million years. These blood-sucking pests are found in every continent in the world except for Antarctica. Mankind and the mosquito have been acquainted for a very long time and over the years we have developed ways of repelling them.
The more humid the surroundings, the more likely you will encounter these tiny nuisances. The female of the species lay their eggs in stagnant water, or by the edge of larger, constantly moving bodies of water. It takes between 5 to 14 days for the three stages of egg, larva and pupa to evolve in their lifecycle. They can live for several months when they reach adulthood.
It’s the female of the species that drink blood while the male are attracted to sugary fluids. The females drinking blood via their proboscis is what makes them capable of spreading disease causing viruses and parasites without exhibiting symptoms themselves. These diseases include yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria and zika to name a few. Mosquito control is often on the agenda for governments around the world as a way of protecting the health of citizens.
There are numerous forms of insect repellent for those who want to camp, hike or simply venture into their garden without attracting mozzies. Lotions, sprays and nets are three most common.
In the form of spray or lotion, the acting ingredients can vary. Diethyltoluamide (DEET) was developed in the USA in 1944 to assist with jungle warfare. Originally tested as pesticide, it then became of use to civilians in 1957. 100% DEET can provide 12 hours of protection, whereas the lower concentration of 20% can offer 3 hours of protection. Research into the effectiveness of DEET proved that the concentration of 30% to 50% was needed to prevent the spread of diseases carried by mosquito’s.
There are also numerous chemical free sprays and lotions that are available for those who prefer natural ingredients, such as Natrapel.
Here at Adventure Survival Gear, we stock mosquito nets of different varieties. Mosquito nets that hang from the top of the tent forming a pyramid sized safe-haven so you can sleep in peace. As well as head nets for people who want to localise the protection against mozzies.
So don’t change your plans for your next adventure just because of mosquito’s. Arm yourself with the repellent that suits you and enjoy the outdoors.
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