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How effective is Mosquito repellent band?

The mosquito repellent bands have taken the market by storm with more and more parents opting for these trendy new mosquito repellent bands to keep the tiny tots safe from mosquitoes all year long. A lot of parents however are curious about wether or not these bands are effective and if effective, what is it that makes them safe for use by children.

Before we get into how effective mosquito repellent bands are let us first understand as to what mosquito repellent bands are!

Mosquito repellent bands are basically bracelets of sorts that are worn on the hands and ankles for protection from mosquitoes. These bands are usually made of silicon and come with a small compartment that carries the mosquito repellent. Holes need to be punctured into the compartment to release the repellent in the air to keep the stingers away.

The ingredients used as the active ingredients to repel the mosquitoes may be natural or synthetic varying from product to product. The most used ingredients are citronella oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, DEET, neem oil, picaridin, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil etc. which are known to be effective against most types of mosquitoes. All the above mentioned compounds in themselves are extremely effective and potent mosquito repellents when good quality compounds are put to use.

Effectiveness of the mosquito repellent bands depends on multiple factors like

1. The quality of active ingredient used: the quality of the active ingredient is key in deciding how effective the bands will be at keeping your little ones safe. In case of natural ingredients, good quality essential oils should be used in adequate quantities for the bands to be effective enough. Using essence and extracts of the ingredients are of no use since their concentration is not high enough to be effective. Simply put the effectiveness of the band is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of the ingredients that it uses. Citronella oil is the most used natural repellent in bands.       

2. The storage of the product when not in use: Most bands use volatile compounds that spread fast to keep mosquitoes at bay, meaning that when not in use, the bands have to be stored in air tight containers when not in use to ensure they remain effective later. Leaving these bands out in the open will cause the volatile ingredients to evaporate rendering the bands ineffective and useless. Storing the bands right is essential for keeping them viable for use.

3. The usage of the product: Most of these bands are designed to last a couple of hours in normal every day conditions. Say the Jungle Magic mosquito repellent bands are designed to be used an hour every day and can last for 15 days if stored properly. The same products when used at a stretch will run out of its repellent oil in a day or two if used all day long. The products when used and stored as instructed give good results as long as your product of choice is of good quality.

Simply put, good quality bands are very effective in keeping your kids safe from mosquitoes.

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