Mosquito Repellents: How much Relevant are they?
Sumangala Bhat K* and Aravind G
Dextrose Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, India
*Corresponding Author: Sumangala Bhat K, Dextrose Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
October 19, 2021; Published: November 16, 2021
Repellent technology is one of the oldest strategies used for mosquito control. These products have evolved and diversified over the years with value addition on user-friendly front and environmental safety aspects. An overview of the conventional and advanced strategies for mosquito control has been provided and the evolution of mosquito repellent formulations from synthetic chemical compounds to natural products and their application methods from simple coils to functionalized clothes have been discussed. While comparing the extent of relief provided by different control methods, repellents appear to be marginal. Despite this fact, mosquito repellents have carved a persistent and sustainable niche in mosquito control programs as an acceptable option over the centuries. The ready-to-use feature and handy application methods combined with effective formulations have driven the success of these products in the market. In the present context of the emergence of new mosquito-borne diseases and increased mobility of people across the world, mosquito repellents will remain practically relevant till the mosquito menace persists. Among the repellents, the importance and advantages of spatial repellent formations have been analyzed.
Keywords: Herbal; Eco-friendly; Sustainable Mosquito-borne Diseases; Spatial Repellents; Aedes
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