Para kito Mosquito protection
We can supply Para’kito all-natural mosquito repellant products through one of our suppliers, Optica Life accessories.
A growing number of people are searching for an alternative to traditional chemical-based repellents to avoid being bitten by reducing attractiveness to mosquitoes. King tides, heavy rain and warm temperatures are perfect for mosquito breeding as breeding sites for egg-laying requires just a few cms of still water.
Of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes, three species of mosquitoes carry those known to spread human diseases such as malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever and dengue fever. Controlling environmental heath can reduce this impact such as those undertaken by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority with aerial and ground spraying to the suburban backyard measures such as removing water retaining unused pots and tyres, covering wheelbarrows, gutter and drain maintenance, so water runs freely as mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing freshwater
Devices that use light to attract and electrocute insects have not been proven to reduce numbers and often kill more harmless insects effectively. Nets and fans can be effective. Para’kito contains plant essential oils as a repellant. The essential oils ( containing the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance ) from – Rosemary, geranium, mint, peppermint, clove, cinnamon bark are impregnated into selected polymers ( chemical compounds whose molecules are bonded together in long repeating chains) to form the Para’kito pellets.
In areas where numbers are high, people should avoid bites by using appropriate personal protection measures. Vector-borne diseases transmitted, e.g. mosquitoes(causing diseases such as dengue fever), ticks, and fleas. These vectors can carry infective pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, which can be transferred from one host (carrier) to another. Dengue fever transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes has emerged as the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease of humans. Para’kito spray is effective for 8 hours and comparable with competing products containing DEET or Icaridin
WHY ARE MOSQUITOES IMPORTANT
Type O blood is generally favoured, followed by type B and then type A. Most people secrete a chemical signal through their skin that indicates which blood type they have, while 15 per cent do not, and mosquitoes are also more attracted to secretors than nonsecretors regardless of which type they are.
Slipping on long-sleeved shirts and long pants will protect from bites, as does insect repellent diethyltoluamide (commonly known as DEET), picaridin,paramenthanediol (PMD) or “oil of lemon eucalyptus” liberally and regularly applied.
Mosquito coils or other devices, especially those containing an insecticide, can be effective, as are fans and vaporising indoor mats.
In Australia, some types of mosquitoes can transmit the Ross River virus, Barmah Forest and Murray Valley encephalitis, Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika infections. Itchy mosquito bites sometimes can be swelling, soreness and redness, particularly in desensitised children who are sometimes treated with antihistamines.
While vaccines are available for some diseases (e.g. yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis, Ross river virus) and chemoprophylaxis medicine can help prevent malaria, everyone should use repellents and other general protective measures to avoid bites.
Mosquito effects on the eye
Swelling of Eye from mosquito bite:
- Swelling of just one eye is often due to an insect bite. Mosquito bites are a common cause. It can also be from an irritant (e.g. food) transferred to the eye by the hands.
- Suspect mosquito bites if there are bites on other parts of the body. Insect bites of the upper face can cause the eyelid to swell. This can last for a few days. With insect bites, the swelling can be pink as well as large. Large swelling is common for ages 1-5 years.
- Swelling of both eyes is usually due to pollen that’s airborne. This includes tree, grass or weed pollen. These pollens float in the air and can travel hundreds of miles. Itching also makes the swelling worse.
- Swelling of the face is usually due to allergic reactions to swallowed substances. Examples are foods or medicines. It may be part of a severe allergic reaction.
- Allergic reactions to antibiotic eyedrops can cause severe swelling of both eyes.
- Swollen eyelids from insect bites, pollens or other allergies are itchy.
- Swollen eyelids from eyelid infections are painful and tender to the touch.
BARMAH FOREST INFECTION
- Barmah Forest infection is caused by a virus of the same name (Barmah Forest viruses) spread by mosquitoes.
- Fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
Joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings.
A rash, usually on the trunk or limbs. The rash usually lasts for 7 – 10 days.
A feeling of tiredness or weakness.
Symptoms usually develop in some people about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Still, the majority of people with Barmah Forest virus infection recover completely in a few weeks. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used. As mosquitoes spread the infection to people, anyone bitten is at risk of infection if they are not immune. The virus is found in mosquitoes at different times of the year, and the virus’s level varies from year to year. Warm, wet weather encourages mosquito breeding and increases the risk of infection. Most human cases occur during March and April when large numbers of mosquitoes carry the virus. Although coastal areas of northern NSW have the highest rates of infection, cases can also occur inland.
While a single test that measures IgM antibodies can indicate recent infection, this test is often falsely positive. It does not necessarily indicate Barmah Forest virus infection. A second specimen taken 14 days later is recommended to confirm a recent infection. Where cases occur in unexpected locations, the public health unit may investigate further.
Safe for the whole family to use. Para’kito is safe for everybody to use, including pregnant women and babies, as it does not contact skin.The wristband pellets do not contact the skin, meaning any chance of reactions or irritation. While the repellent spray is applied to the skin, it is a water-based product – meaning it too is much gentler and does not penetrate the skin.
Para’kito protects you from mosquitoes, round-the-clock for 15 days per pellet, so no need to re-apply through the day. The pellets are waterproof, but the spray will need re-applying after water-based activity.
The packaging is made from 100% recycled paper, and the pellets are made from all-natural essential oils.
Para’kito is all-natural with no DEET or citronella as traditional repellents known for their strong, unpleasant smells.
Relying upon the pellets after 15 days means the wristbands and clips can be used time and time again for round-the-clock protection.
Para’kito products are not tested on animals or created from any animal products.
Para’kito repellent spray protects you from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours – and has also been very effective against sandflies.
Para’kito repellent spray protects you from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours – and has also been seen to be very effective against sandflies!
In the absence of mosquito netting to stop mosquito-borne disease, Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist (Department of Medical Entomology, NSW Health Pathology), reports Para’kito ingredients to offer repellency. Still, longest lasting protection is in conjunction with full coverage to all exposed skin by topically applied repellant containing DEET, picaridin, or “oil of lemon eucalyptus.”
Para’kito natural ingredients Geranium, Rosemary, Mint, Peppermint Clove, Cinnamon Bark
How do insect repellants work ?
The major difference between Para’kito bands/clips over a traditional spray is the masking effect over repellency. When you wear the band or hang the clip, it provides a masking effect. This means that you enjoy 1-metre radius protection so the mosquitoes don’t even come into that zone- they just stay away, protecting your entire body.
When you spray or apply a lotion, it provides local protection (covered zone + 4cm radius) for a few hours, meaning you are only protected where you have sprayed and the mosquitoes are repelled only when they get close to your skin.
|Protection type||15 days Paraquito masking effect 1m radius||DEET/IR 3535 Few hours local protection repellancy effect|
|Spatial protection||1 metre radius||Covered zone +4 cm radius|
|Temporal protection||15 days||Few hours|
Attracting and repelling mosquitoes:
Studies of mosquitoes have shown that these insects use a combination of sight, heat and smell to locate a blood meal. They are attracted to the smell of carbon dioxide, lactic acid and other odours from the skin and warm and moist skin. Most insect repellents, including DEET, work on the principle of creating a vapour barrier that deters the insect from coming into contact with the skin. To the insect, the vapour has an offensive smell and tastes bad.
Para’kito uses natural cellulose and clay instead of alcohol or surfactant, which means the active ingredients are less likely to be absorbed through your skin and potentially into your bloodstream. It also ensures your protection lasts much longer.
Botanicals or plant-derived products arguably are safer for human use and environmentally friendly when compared to synthetic, non-biodegradable products such as DEET.
Plants that contain oils reportedly to have repellent activity include citronella, cedar, verbena, pennyroyal, geranium, lavender, pine, cajeput, catnip, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, thyme, allspice, garlic, and peppermint.
Commonly used insect repellents:
Insect repellents containing DEET are very good at preventing mosquito bites, ticks and bugs. Not to be ingested.
• It has also been found that there may be increased systemic absorption of DEET when combined with sunscreen; hence concerns for potential toxicity and the effectiveness of the sunscreen may be reduced.
Permethrin Product – Use on Clothing only:
Unlike DEET, these products are put on clothing instead of on the skin.
Please put it on shirt cuffs, pant cuffs, shoes and hats. You can also put it on covering nets and sleeping bags.
Icaridin-Also known as picaridin and propidine, and is the active ingredient of insect repellents most commonly found in Australia.
It can safely be put on skin or clothing. It is odourless and does not feel sticky or greasy when applied. It also appears to have a low potential for toxicity.
MOSQUITOES AND THE FUTURE OF DISEASE
A major focus for today’s medical entomologist is to try to modify the gene pool of mosquitoes by developing genetically modified mosquitoes ( in experiments, even creating a new red-eye mosquito) to reduce the impact of the particular adult mosquito-born disease.