Summer time is almost here and so are the mosquitoes! If you are generally concerned about your health or the health of the kiddos in your life, you might be thinking twice before slathering insect repellent all over yourself or your kids. We are exposed to an unavoidable abundance of chemicals in our day-to-day lives. Now more than ever, it’s increasingly important to be cognizant of what chemicals we choose to apply, wear, ingest and breath. So what do you do when faced to choose between nasty, biting mosquitoes and potentially toxic insect repellent? Mothers and fathers ourselves, our team at Mosquitno wants to make sure that you are armed with the information you need to make the healthiest choice for your family. We therefore have compiled some data about the most common mosquito and insect repellent chemicals on the market to help you stay informed. DEET: DEET or N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide is probably the most well known mosquito repellent chemical on the market today. DEET was developed in the 1940’s for the U.S. Army to use in jungle warfare. It is widely accepted as one of the most effective mosquito repellents available. This is especially relevant when traveling to or living in places that are infected with dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of DEET is paired with potentially harmful side effects. Although deemed safe by the EPA, there are many scientists and researchers that question the long-term effects of DEET use – especially by children. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that DEET never be sprayed directly on the skin, but instead on clothing. A 2009 study by researchers at the Institute of Development Research in France found that DEET can interfere with enzyme activity that is vitally important the nervous system functioning. Specifically they found that DEET blocked the enzyme cholinesterase that assists with transmitting messages between the brain and muscles. In addition to common side effects such as skin irritation and blurred vision, DEET has been known to cause other more severe symptoms such as slurred speech, confusion, and seizures. Permethrin: If you purchase shirts, sleeping bags, or other items that are already treated to repel mosquitoes, they likely contain the chemical Permethrin. Permethrin is also used as an insecticide and acaricide in agriculture, forestry, household products, and other public health programs. This chemical is effective because it directly targets the central nervous systems of mosquitoes and other insects. What is less known is how this know neurotoxin affects the central nervous system and overall wellbeing of humans and other mammals. The Environmental Protection Agency has also classified permethrin as a type II or type III toxin as "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" if ingested. Metofluthrin: Metofluthrin is a common ingredient in insect repellent, as its vapors are highly effective and can repel up to 97% of mosquitoes in field tests. This chemical can be found in household products such as the Off! Clip-On or Raid. Although effective, metofluthrin is thought to potentially be even more [...]
Our families hated the stinky smell, oily feel, and time consuming application of the common insect repellent products on the market. We wanted a solution that was easy, fun, and fashionable to wear while also being effective. Mosquitno Bands and Mosquitno Spotz ended up being the perfect solution! If you are new to Mosquitno or looking to get the most out of your Mosquitno products, here are some of our favorite ways to wear and enjoy Mosquitno! Backyard Entertaining: Nothing is better than a backyard BBQ on a perfect summer day…but nothing is worse than getting bug spray in your potato salad! We love using Mosquitno bands at our backyard gatherings as a safe but spray free alternative to your typical bug spray solutions! If we have guests over, we set out a basket of various Mosquitno Bands so that guests can pick their favorite band and enjoy the evening bite-free! Golfing: If you spend a lot of time kicking around in the rough to find your ball, you’re likely to find a few mosquitoes as well. Many of the bug sprays and lotions are sticky or greasy, and not enjoyable to wear. We prefer to stick a few Mosquitno Spotz on our golf hats or socks for easy mosquito repellent that doesn’t interfere with our grip or swing! Outdoor Wedding: Spring and summer are the perfect times for outdoor weddings – and the mosquitoes couldn’t agree more! The problem with bug sprays and lotions at these events is that they often smell terrible and can get on your wedding outfit. Pastel colored Mosquitno Bands or discreetly placed Spotz can provide you the mosquito prevention you need without the gross smells and greasy products. Have an outdoor wedding coming up this summer? Mosquitno can create a customized package with monogram wedding logo just for your weddings guests! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Summer Camp: Many kids make the annual trek out to summer camps to enjoy brush up on their camp songs, canoeing skills, and to give mom and dad a break! No kid wants to be chewed up by bugs while they are stomping around camp, but it’s important to minimize their exposure to toxic chemicals typically found in most bug sprays. Mosquitno Bands are easy to slip on, safe for kids, and fun to wear – especially our Glow-In-The-Dark bands when you’re out under the stars!
In his bestselling book, Last Child In The Woods, Richard Louv poses the question: “What could our lives and our children’s lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?” For many children, long gone are the days of digging for worms, playing kick the can, and roaming outside until the sun goes down. The dawn of iPhones, iPads, urban living, and helicopter parenting have systematically plucked children out of the grass and plugged them into electrical outlets! Louv cleverly named this result of this epidemic of “plugged-in” children Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). As we discussed earlier, nature provides us with innumerable health benefits so it makes sense that the absence of nature can cause physical and psychological health problems. According to The Children & Nature Network, “an expanding body of scientific evidence suggests that nature-deficit disorder contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses. Research also suggests that the nature-deficit weakens ecological literacy and stewardship of the natural world.” As parents, teachers and members of the proverbial village that raise the next generation of children, it’s our job to reestablish this connection between children and nature. If you have ever experienced the mesmerized glaze that happens when you place an iPad game in front of a child, then you know that this is easier said than done! Here are a few ideas to help you get your children outside in the dirt and grass this summer. Plan a Backyard Campout: You don’t have to travel to a National Park to experience the joys of sleeping outside! A backyard campout can be a great place to start. Pack up your favorite sleeping bag, make a tent out of sheets, and leave all technology inside! For some more fun ideas for planning your campout, checkout the Great American Campout and pledge to sleep outside! Create a Summer Scavenger Hunt: Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt! Before your kids get out of school for the summer, sit down and plan out a list of scavenger items to check off the list before school starts in the fall. These scavenger items could be animals to photograph, outdoor experiences (catching a fish, potting a plant, stargazing etc.) or things to learn (how to start a campfire, bug identification, etc.). Maybe there’s even a prize if everything gets checked off the list! Dress for Success: Nothing ruins the joys of being outside quite like incessantly itchy bug bites! We created our Mosquitno Bands and Spotz especially for our little ones! They come in fun colors, are super easy to put on, and are non-toxic! Make sure you keep a stash of Mosquitno for your grab on your way out the door! Turn Your Backyard into a Safari: Sometimes the most beautiful yards are the most boring if you’re a kid! Bring some life to your backyard with bird and bat houses, bird feeders, [...]
Have you dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon? Hiking part of the Appalachian Trail? Camping under the Rocky Mountain stars? Exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica? With spring and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning your next adventure!
Mosquitoes are confusing little creatures. But there is some science behind their madness. Below you will find the 5 most frequently asked questions about mosquitoes, and ways to avoid them (not the questions…the mosquitoes)!