March Madness Insect Repellent Edition-Round 1
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March Madness! Round 1

They repel, they resist, they score!!!

Let March Madness Begin!

Round 1

Citronella vs DynaTrap

Citronella: You may have seen this repellent sold in candles, wrist brans, sprays, and tiki torches. Citronella oil is said to repel mosquitoes if they are within 10 ft of where the Citronella is being emitted. But, over and over again, studies have shown Citronella to not make much of a difference with mosquito issues around peoples homes.

DynaTrap: The DynaTrap uses 3-way protection to attract, trap and kill mosquitoes, and other harmful insects. It is environmentally friendly, pesticide-free, chemical-free, and odor-free. You can use this trap in any yard or community that has a 110v or 220v outlet.

Mosquito Nets vs. Mosquito Magnet

Mosquito Nets: Mosquito nets are mostly used in parts of the world where mosquito-borne illnesses are at their worst. The nets are dip-treated with insecticides for double protection when in use. The nets are used to kill and repel mosquitoes.

Mosquito Magnet: This Mosquito Magnet attracts and kills mosquitoes and other insects. It uses CO2, warmth, and moisture to capture these insects. This mosquito repellent trap is powered by propane and can be placed anywhere in your yeard. It is much larger than most repellents on the market.

Mosquito Spray vs. Insect Repelling Plants

Mosquito Sprays: Mosquito sprays contain many different chemicals that ward off mosquitoes once applied. Repellent sprays are made to mask the different odors your bodies emit, most importantly, CO2. The spray is used to repel mosquitoes from biting you. Mosquito sprays are the most common form of bug spray used around the world.

Insect Repelling Plants: When looking at studies done on the effectiveness of this method, all points lead to it not working. But there are some studies that show they are somewhat effective. If you do find insect-repelling plants, make sure you know what they do. Some plants mask scents, some will repel insects, others have substances that are toxic to some insects.

DEET vs. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

DEET: Although DEET has been said to be a harmful chemical that could cause you damage, studies say otherwise. It is actually a very popular insect repellent used by many individuals. In many areas around the world, DEET is the most common repellent used. DEET has been shown to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses in tropical communities by 20%-50%. It is one of the most powerful bug repellents on the market.

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: Although seen as effective, there have been studies to show that oil of lemon eucalyptus has not been able to repel one of the worst mosquitoes out there, the aedes aegypti. This mosquito is the vector of many diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. What does make this method most effective is if the chemical, better known as PMD, is used with it. PMD, along with other ingredients, are what make this method a viable repellent. But, due to the oil of lemon eucalyptus lack of efficiency, it is not approved for use in disease-endemic areas.

And the Teams moving on to Round 2 are…

DynaTrap!!!
Mosquito Magnet!!!
Mosquito Spray!!!
DEET!!!
Tune in next week for the Round 2 March Madness match-ups.

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