Till date we have discussed several natural, eco-friendly mosquito control methods. Another such method doing the rounds is the use of mosquito repellent bracelets. Apparently you can wear a re-usable bracelet impregnated with a natural mosquito repellent such as peppermint essential oil or citronella essential oil, which will prevent mosquitoes from feasting on your blood.
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Do mosquito repellent bracelets work?
So if you wear any of the mosquito repellent bracelets, it forms a protective halo around your body and discourages mosquitoes from landing? Not exactly!
According to a research paper published in Volume 40 of the Journal of General and Applied Entomology published by The Entomological Society of New South Wales, Australia, mosquito repellent bracelets do not actually protect the entire body from mosquitoes. Field studies conducted with aedes aegypti mosquitoes show that when compared to the unprotected arm, the frequency and the number of mosquitoes landing on the arm protected with one of the mosquito repellent bracelets is significantly lower.
So maybe mosquito repellent bracelets would not be adequate protection during peak mosquito season. However, wearing one on the wrist can definitely help someone who is otherwise well covered. It can also be useful during late summer or early fall, when the number of mosquitoes have gone down significantly.
How to make mosquito repellent bracelets?
Although mosquito repellent bracelets are readily available, we know that people who follow this blog do not shy away from a DIY project. So if you are interested in making mosquito repellent bracelets at home, keep reading!
Step 1: Making the bracelet
I would suggest that you make the DIY mosquito repellent bracelets with paracord. I have the following reasons.
- Paracord is readily available in the “crafts” section of all supermarkets. You can easily find them in specialty craft supply stores as well.
- The paracord material is ideal for soaking up essential oils. Yes, we will be using a concoction of various essential oils to create our mosquito repellent.
To make the paracord bracelet, you will need the following.
- Two strips of paracord.You should consider getting two different colors to make it look more fun! Make sure that each strip is at least 54 inches long.
- A paracord bracelet clip.
- A pair of scissors.
- A lighter.
Now that you have gathered the ingredients, following is how you will start making the bracelet.
- Fuse the two pieces of paracord together. To do so, simply melt the ends of the cords with a lighter and then push them together.
- Slightly melt the other sides of the paracords as well. This is done to ensure that the cords do not unravel as the bracelet is made.
- Put the cord through a paracord bracelet clip and then loop it around so that the cord is secured to the clip.
- Take the other end of the cord and pull it through the other side of the clip.
- Put the bracelet on the arm of the wearer to determine how big it needs to be. Use the clip to adjust the size.
- Unclip the bracelet and hold the loose clip in place, so that the size of the bracelet remains ideal.
- Now, if you have chosen two different colors of paracord, you need to decide which color the middle part of the bracelet should be.
- Once you have decided, pick that cord and loop it over the top of the cords.
- The other cord will go over, then under and then through the looped cord.
- Pull the cords tight.
- Repeat the previous three steps, while alternating the direction of the loops every time. Keep doing it, until you reach the end of the bracelet.
- Trim off the excess cord.
- Use a lighter to fuse the end where you cut off the excess cord. Just like last time, this is done to ensure that the bracelet does not unravel from where it was cut.
Step 2: Prepare the mosquito repellent for the bracelet
To prepare the mosquito repellent for your mosquito repellent bracelet, you will need the following ingredients.
- Witch hazel (1 cup).
- Citronella essential oil (15 drops).
- Lavender essential oil (5 drops).
- Lemongrass essential oil (15 drops).
- Peppermint essential oil (5 drops).
Simply add the aforementioned ingredients in a bowl. Stir thoroughly, so that all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Your mosquito repellent is now ready to be applied to the bracelet!
Step 3: Apply the mosquito repellent to the bracelet
Apply generous quantities of the mosquito repellent to both sides of the bracelet. You can either use a brush or a spray bottle to do so. Make sure that you use enough so that your bracelet is thoroughly saturated. Let it dry afterwards.
Your mosquito repellent bracelet is now ready for use!
Did you decide to follow our instructions or make your own mosquito repellent bracelets, or did you purchase them from the supermarket? How well did they work for you? Let us know in the comments below!