Story: Sandflies and mosquitoes

Insect repellents

Insect repellents

There are many types of insect repellents, and some are more effective than others. A home-made lotion of Dettol and olive oil (front left) does work, but not as well as products containing DEET (diethyl toluamide). A cream containing DEET (front right) is the most effective known repellent. Burning citronella candles can also deter mosquitoes. The vial (centre) can be placed into a vapouriser that plugs into a wall socket. It releases the chemical allethrin– an insecticide that knocks down mosquitoes in flight.

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Carl Walrond, 'Sandflies and mosquitoes - Dealing with bites', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 August 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007