Despite the term, ‘mosquito bite’, mosquitoes don’t actually open their ravenous jaws to have a nibble on your ankles; it is the proboscis (the long pointed mouthpart) that pierces the skin with its razor sharp end, to get to the delicious blood supply beneath. The proboscis has two tubes, one to withdraw the blood and another to deposit saliva. The way in which we react to mozzie bites is dependent on this saliva and the reaction our body has to the proteins it contains.
Reactions to mosquito bites vary enormously; from mild irritation to potentially life threatening, with a contingent of people not reacting at all to them. This is where many people fall fowl of a common misconception; just because you cannot see or feel bites, does not mean you have not been bitten! This is ok in the UK, but as soon as these people leave the sanctuary of British shores they are even more at risk than the normal population, whose bites itch like crazy.
New Kairomone ‘Camouflage’ Could be the Answer
For many years, DEET has been used as the main way to help repel mosquitoes, to help prevent deadly diseases such as malaria. But current research is showing that this synthetic compound is becoming under threat from DEET-resistant mosquitoes. However, clinically proven Eucalyptus Maculata Citriodora works even better by cleverly camouflaging our unique body smells and deterring those unwanted pests….
The active ingredient in many insect repellents, N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, known as DEET, may harm the central nervous system, French researchers said.
Vincent Corbel from the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement in Montpellier and Bruno Lapied of the University of Angers, both in France, led a team of researchers that investigated the toxicity of DEET.
A study released on Wednesday warned that one of the world’s most common insect repellents acts on the central nervous system in the same way as some insecticides and nerve gases, AFP reported.
Researchers say moderate use of the chemical compound deet is most likely safe, but experiments on insects, as well as on enzymes extracted from mice and human neurons, showed for the first time that it can interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Just last week a natural, scientifically proven anti-insect formula called incognito appeared on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, narrowly missing investment mainly due to the dragons’ failure to realise the significance of the health implications of traditional repellents which contain the pesticide DEET.