Dangers Posed by Chemical-Based Mosquito Repellents

Published: 12th July 2009
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To get complete protection from mosquito bites millions of people utilize chemical-based mosquito repellents around the world. But the most common insect repellents and bug sprays used in a number of homes may be poisonous and are able to produce health problems in people particularly for the children. Some chemicals are even known to bring about genetic damage to animals along with the enumerable toxic issues that have been listed in human. Constant and heavy exposure to chemical repellents can also cause breathlessness, constant fatigue, muscle and joint pain, generalized physical weakness, memory loss and persistent headaches. Prolonged skin exposure to these chemicals produce skin allergies, eye irritations, redness, skin discoloration and inflammation. When overexposed to the strong chemicals in these repellents people naturally develop tremors and shortness of breath.

In the case of insect repellents, children are the most vulnerable group. Though the chemical ingredients present in these chemical-based mosquito repellents can efficiently kill the mosquitoes in your home and locality, it can seriously harm your domestic animals, fishes and even plants. With the exposure to chemicals, young children are susceptible to change in their brain chemistry. This is because of the fact that the skin of children tends to absorbs more chemicals. They also pose many adverse effects to the life of pets along with the destruction of ecological balance of the nature. To the chemicals in the environment, individuals have different tolerances. In addition, this can harshly result in impaired growth; and affect the development of the nervous system.

DEET is a registered chemical ingredient that forms the active component of every chemical-based mosquito repellents. Permithrin is another chemical that when combined with DEET can cause motor deficits and chronic memory dysfunction. Some DEET repellents also contain toxic chemical substances like isopropyl alcohol and ethyl that are highly harmful for children. Chemical repellents that include DEET when applied on the topical areas easily go through into the skin to our blood stream and cause adverse health hazards on our central nervous system. DEET is also easily absorbed by the human's gut to cause further more health hazards. Today there are many botanical and natural mosquito repellents available in the market that is effective in warding off mosquitoes without causing any health hazards. You can test some natural repellents geared up with essential oils like citronella, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, etc other than going for harmful chemical-based mosquito repellents.


Cory Thiarello writing about methods to control mosquitoes. Skin Armour is the home of efficient natural mosquito repellent made completely from natural oils.

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