Various natural and synthetic chemicals are used to repel mosquitoes from our
surroundings. These chemicals in the form of vapors block the chemoreception
and also the respiratory tracts of the mosquitoes and thus they avoid the hostile
Most common natural repellents used are oils extracted from plants. These
natural products will effectively repel mosquitoes, but they require more frequent
reapplication (at least every 2 hours). Citronella Oil, Lemon, Eucalyptus Oil,
Cinnamon Oil, Castor Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Cedar Oil, Peppermint
Oil, Clove Oil, Garlic Oil etc are found to be effective against mosquitoes.
It is a plant-derived substance, used as an insecticide. Pyrethrum comes from the
flowers of the daisy Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium. Pyrethrum and its modified
forms are used to prepare mosquito coils.mats liquids etc. Natural pyrethrins are
highly fat soluble, but are easily degraded and thus do not accumulate in the
The Pyrethrins are a pair of natural organic compounds that have potent
insecticidal activity Pyrethrin I and pyrethrin II are structurally related esters with
a cyclopropane core. They are viscous liquids that oxidize to become inactivated.
They are non-persistent, being biodegradable, and break down on exposure to
light or oxygen.
Synthetic Pyrethroids, is the synthetic form of Pyrethrum found in the
chrysanthemum flower. The compounds have low toxicity for humans and birds,
and are used in many household insecticides such as RAID as well as mosquito
coils. They act by paralyzing the insect before it kills. They are also used as an
ultra low volume (ULV) spray for outdoor mosquito control.
The allethrins are a pair of related synthetic compounds used in insecticides. They
are synthetic pyrethroids is used mainly for the control of flies and mosquitoes in
the home, flying and crawling insects on farm animals, and fleas and ticks on dogs
and cats. It is formulated as aerosols (1 - 6 g/litre), sprays, dusts (1%), smoke coils,
and mats. It is used alone or combined with synergists (e.g.piperonyl butoxide
and N- octylbicycloheptene dicarboximide) or other insecticides (e.g.,
fenitrothion). It is also available in the form of emulsifiable concentrates and
Bioallethrin is more than twice as effective as allethrin and is mainly used to
control household insects. It is formulated as aerosols and sprays with synergists
and/or other insecticides (e.g., d-phenothrin or deltamethrin).
DEET is the most common active ingredient proven to prevent mosquito bites. It
is a member of the toluene chemical family and DEET is slightly yellow liquid at
room temperature and can be prepare by converting m-toluic acid to acyl chloride
and reacting with diehtylamine.
Mosquito mats are available as chips. The chemicals are coated as thin layers on
both sides of the chip. The chips are heated in an electronic heater and the vapor
Liquid repellents are widely used to repel mosquitoes. Various brands are
available in the market with refills and vaporizers. The Liquidator mosquito
repellent has a graphite rod in the middle and the bottle is filled with the
repellent. There is a heater coil in the liquidator. The repellent consist of the
chemical which when come in the contact of the heated rod produce fumes which
disable the sensors of the mosquitoes. The fumes produced by the repellent block
the chemosensors of mosquitoes so that they cannot identify human beings.
Liqiud mosquito repellents contain any one of the chemical such as Prallethrin
0.8% ,Prallelthrin 1.6% w/w .Allethrin 3.6% w/w etc.Of these the most commonly
used one is Pralletrhin.
Prallethrin is a pyrethroid chemical used as an insecticide. It is an Yellow to amber
viscosity liquid.d -trans-Prallethrin is a potent contact insecticide which produces
a rapid knock-down, with same chemical and physical properties as Prallethrin,.d-
trans-Allethrin and powerful repellent used in mosquito coil and liquid.
The chemical repellents used as mosquito repellents are toxic substances. Even
though the concentration of the ingredient is in a safe level, this may cause
allergic and respiratory problems in some persons. Precautions are recommended
by the manufacturers and these include
1. Avoid inhalation and skin contact.
2. Wash contaminated skin & eyes.
3. Destroy empty containers after use.
4. Keep away from food stuff and animal feeds.