Mosquito prevention

​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.​
​In areas where  numbers are high, people should try to avoid  bites by using appropriate personal protection measures.
​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 particularly  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 fresh water

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Mosquitoes are irritating disease carrying insects attracted by a particular persons scent,bacteria and blood type and are the number one killer of humans. ​The generally larger female mosquito is the one that bites (males feed on flower nectar),requiring blood to produce eggs. 
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 percent do not, and mosquitoes are also more attracted to secretors than nonsecretors regardless of which type they are.
Mozzie attacks launched from local bushland or wetland areas or water containing areas,even a pot plant that holds water can cause discomfort,swelling and even serious health outcomes from mosquito borne disesase. 
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 that contain an insecticide can be  effective as are  fans and vaporising indoor mats . 

In Australia  some types of mosquitoes can transmit  Ross River virus, Barmah Forest and Murray Valley encephalitis, Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika infections. Itchy mosquito bites sometimes can swelling, soreness and redness particularly in desensitised children 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.

Devices that use light to attract and electrocute insects have not been proven to be effective in reducing  numbers and often kill more harmless insects. Nets and fans can be effective.

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. 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.

Para'kito contains plant essential oils as 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

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Safe for the whole family to use. Para’kito is safe for everybody to use, including pregnant women and babies as does not come into contact with skin.

The wristband pellets do not come into contact with the skin, meaning no 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 on, 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 in traditional repellents known for their strong, unpleasant smells .


Being able to replace 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 seen to be 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 (Department of Medical Entomology, NSW Health Pathology) reports Para’kito ingredients offers repellency but 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”

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 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 a 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

Para’kito spray  is effective for 8 hours and  comparable with competing products containing  DEET or  Icaridine 

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, as well as 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
Botanicals or plant-derived products arguably are  safer for human use and environmentally friendly when compared to synthetic, non-bio- degradable 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:

DEET
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.
Put it on shirt cuffs, pant cuffs, shoes and hats. Can also put it on covering nets and sleeping bags.


Icaridin
Also known as picardin 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 low potential for toxicity.