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Is Mosquito Vaporizer Harmful? ( Yes And Here Is Why )

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From this article,  I am going to cover the major problem related to mosquito vaporizers; “ Is mosquito vaporizer harmful ?” , ingredients that these vaporizers have and the side effects of using them. 

Moreover,  I have explored the natural mosquito repellents you can use instead of them. So, this article will be quite useful for anybody who suffers from the mosquito menace. 

Is Mosquito Vaporizer Harmful

Is mosquito vaporizer harmful?

Mosquito vaporizers are harmful for humans. They act as mosquito repellents and they have chemicals which are unhealthy to inhale. They could in fact enhance the breathing problems. 

Having said that, they are quite effective at repelling the mosquitoes. 

As aforesaid ,mosquito vaporizers could create issues with the breathing system, headache, eye irritation, coughs, cold, runny nose and infections in skin too. Chances are that they can develop asthma also.

The reason is that they have harmful chemicals such as pyrethrin, diethyl toluamide (DEET) etc.

Those are the elements which cause all the aforesaid trouble with respiratory issues and the diseases. Hence if you consume them or inhale them, there is a high probability for you to have health risks. 

Due to these Mosquito vaporizers ingredients, it will add a strong fragrance to the rooms.

Consider that if you stay in the room for a longer period, then it will create issues with respiration issues, dizziness etc.

However, the good thing about using these Mosquito vaporizers is that they are more effective when compared to the natural mosquito repellents.

You can overcome the mosquito menace with a little effort. All you have to do is to switch on the electrical vaporizer and rest assured that it will give you all-round protection. 

liquid mosquito vaporizer ingredients

Liquid mosquito vaporizers contain chemicals such as pyrethrin diethyl toluamide ( DEET).

If you keep using these liquid mosquito vaporizers, it will cause asthma and  wheezing like respiratory diseases. Further chances are that it may even result in damage in the cornea and liver.

How mosquito vaporizer works

How the liquid-repellent machine works

There are two wires in the plug seat, and they will form splitting into four. There will be two wires which are in contact with the LED from the four wires.

Those two wires illuminate it. On the other hand, the other two wires heat the element. Consequently , it helps to evaporate the liquid.

There will be a mixture of allethrin and aerosol in the bottle. Besides, you can find a  carbon electrode rod also. 

It will be fixed inside the plug heat along with a knob. You could find this in the head of the bottle. Once the filament heats , the temperature of the carbon rods also increases . 

Consequently, it heats the solution too. Ultimate result of this process is the start of vaporizing.

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How to use a mosquito mat machine

First,  remove the wrapping paper of the mat. Next, you should remove the mat slice

Finally, you have to insert the electric mosquito coil in the device. After that you need to provide a power supply for that. Next the ceramic chip will heat up once the electricity is provided.

Is Mosquito Vaporizer Harmful

Mosquito vaporizer side effects

If we consider the side effects of the mosquito vaporizers, you may suffer from breathing problems which will lead to asthma, cough, headaches, sore throats, nausea, dizziness etc

Furthermore, it will create allergies, wheeze and respiratory  irritation. In addition to that they may cause irritation in your eyes. 

Exposure for mosquito vaporizers for prolonged periods can result in serious illness as well.

Is mosquito vaporizer safe for babies?

Mosquito vaporizers are not safe for babies. The reason for that is because they contain chemicals which are quite unhealthy for the babies. 

In case they inhale it will cause breathing problems for them. Chances are that they will suffer with irritations in their eyes. Further it may also result in allergies in the eyes.

If we consider the mosquito coils, the smoke of them can cause cough, headache, sore throats, nausea and dizziness.

When you expose them to mosquito coil smoke for extended periods, it will cause asthma, wheeze in the kids.

However, when you use the mosquito vaporizers, you need to always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions. I suggest you keep the baby in another room when the repellent is on. 

When you need to send the baby to that room, you should turn it off and ventilate the room. If you use coils, you can keep them at the entry points so that they cannot enter your home. 

Never sleep in a closed room where you have plugged a mosquito repellent. Do not keep the mosquito coils closer to the kids, as it could cause burns.

When the mosquito repellents are on, the babies will find the light attractive. Hence do not keep them closer to the babies. 

If not there is a probability of having an electrocution shock. Do not let them play with the mosquito repellents as they can be toxic for the babies.

Do mosquito vaporizers work?

Yes, mosquito vaporizers work well in most situations. They are very effective in their job. Many studies status that mosquito repellents work well in repelling mosquitoes. 

Natural mosquito repellents

Lemon eucalyptus oil

Lemon eucalyptus oil is a famous natural repellent which has been in use since the 1940s. It is a well-known natural mosquito repellent. 

Further, this is an approved repellent from the center for disease control and prevention as well. It has an effective ingredient to repel mosquitoes.

There are studies to emphasize that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil will provide protection over 95 % from mosquitoes for about three hours. 

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If you wish you can make a DIY on your own by mixing 1 part of lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts of sunflower oil. You may add hazel also instead of this. 

However, you need to act cautiously when you are using this mixture especially if there are kids below 3 years.

Lavender

You can use crushed lavender flowers to produce a fragrance and oil as well. They are also some fine natural mosquito repellents

Lavender comprises analgesic, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. This literally means they can calm and soother your skin besides acting as a natural mosquito repellent.

You can use lavender plants and grow them outdoors. Additionally, you can grow them as indoor plants too.

Additionally, you can crush the lavender flowers and apply the oil on your body specially on the bite sensitive areas such as in your ankle, arm of your body.. 

Moreover, you can drop some lavender oil on a clean cloth and rub it on the skin as well.

Cinnamon oil

Many people use cinnamon as a topper for oatmeal. However, it could do a better job than acting as a great topper.

Several studies conducted in Taiwan have proved that cinnamon oil can kill mosquito eggs as well. 

Besides, it can repel the adult mosquitoes. 

If you wish to make a diluted 1 percent of this solution, you can mix ¼ teaspoon of oil to every 4 ounces of water. 

Then you can simply spray the fluid on to your skin or onto your clothes. Besides, you can put them around your home as well. However, ensure that you do it carefully as over usage of cinnamon oil can irritate your skin.

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Thyme oil

You can use thyme oil also to repel malaria mosquitoes . It is also an effective way of repelling the mosquitoes.  It will provide great protection for you.

 It has been proved in certain studies conducted. In fact, it has been proven that if you apply a 5 percent thyme oil to the hairless mice skin it will give them a protection rate of 91. 

Additionally, you can throw the thyme leaves into  a campfire as well.

When the thyme leaves burn, it will provide 85 percent protection for about an hour to one and a half hours. If you wish to use this in a DIY, you can combine 4 drops of thyme oil to every base oil teaspoon.  

Olive oil , jojoba oil could be handy here.  If you want to use them as a spray, you need to mix 5 drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water.

Greek catnip oil

This is a plant which belongs to the mint family, and they are related to catnip.   The flowers of these plants would be about 18 inches in size. 

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However, their extract and the oil obtained from the bruised leaves has a greater value though. Greek catnip oil  can repel the mosquitoes for  a couple of hours effectively. 

They are in fact much better than using the  DEET for repelling the mosquitoes. DEET is a chemical used to repel mosquitoes.

Soybean oil

Soybean based products also can protect you from mosquitoes.

Additionally, you may also add some  lemongrass oil to your home mixture. They will be quite productive in protecting you from different species of mosquitoes.

Citronella

You could commonly spot many people using citronella to repel the mosquitoes. Using citronella is an effective way of repelling the mosquitoes. 

 It is made of a mix of herbs. It is a commonly used mosquito ingredient in many mosquito repellents. When you use them outdoors, you can place citronella candles and they will provide an extra protection of 50 % too.  

However, it is important that there is a right formulation of citronella so that it will be more effective to repel the mosquitoes.

In fact, they can repel the mosquitoes for about two hours. In case if there is an incorrect formation in the citronella solution, it will evaporate faster and will be less effective for this purpose.  

Tea Tree oil

You could call tea tree oil as melaleuca oil as well. This is a popular oil type in Australia. They contain antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

This could also act as an effective insect repellent too. In fact, they are effective in repelling insects such as bush flies, biting midges.

Geraniol

Geraniol is an alcoholic type, and many people use them as flavors and as fragrances.  They are obtained from plants such as citronella, lemongrass and rose

They can effectively repel the mosquitoes for about two to four hours approximately. Do not keep them closer to your eyes. 

Further, never use them on highly sensitive areas of your skin. Be careful when using this, as it causes irritation in eyes and in your skin.

Neem oil

The effectiveness of using the neem oil to repel mosquitoes has been controversial.

However, the studies conducted in Ethiopia have shown that it can protect you from mosquitoes by 70 %. 

However, neem oil is not a topical repellent as it can result in irritation to the skin. If you want to use neem oil to repel mosquitoes, you need to dilute 50-100 millimeters of neem oil in water. 

You can also dilute them in oil or in lotion too. Best would be to use extra virgin cold pressed neem oil for this purpose. 

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