Believe it or not; insect transmitted diseases remain a major source of illness and death in Nigeria; Mosquitoes alone transmit disease to more than 700 million persons annually. Research also shows that malaria kills about 3 million persons each year, including one child every 30 seconds. Although, insect borne diseases currently represent a greater health problem in tropical and subtropical climate, no part of the world is immune to their risks. Mosquitoes such as Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex are a serious threat to the public health as they are known vectors for various protozoans, viruses, and bacteria which result in many life threatening diseases like malaria, filariasis, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya, and dengue.
What is a mosquito repellent?
A mosquito repellent is a substance applied to skin, clothing, or other surfaces which discourages mosquitoes from landing on that surface. It is a substance that is synthesized in such a manner so that it makes the surface unpleasant and unattractive to mosquitoes so as to reduce the human mosquito contact. Mosquito repellents repel insects but do not kill them. Therefore, they are not technically insecticides nor pesticides. They help prevent and control the outbreak of mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue fever, Malaria, Yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, etc. They contain active ingredient which is the only reason to repel mosquitoes by blocking their olfactory senses which detects the carbon dioxide and lactic acid that gets released when the human perspires. These products also contain some more ingredients which aids them with cosmetic finishing.
How To Make Mosquito Repellent CREAM
Even if you aren’t doing this for business; it is important to do this for the sake of your loved ones. Remember Mosquitoes are the greatest killer in Africa, closely followed by AIDs. This repellant pomade popularized promises to be the saving grace.
- Petroleum jelly —————————— 2 liters
- Liquid paraffin ——————————- 1 liter
- Paraffin wax (cosmetics grade) ———- ¼ slab of paraffin wax
- Boric acid ————————————– small quantity
- Eucalyptus oil ——————————— 250 ml
- Perfume —————————————- As desired
- Color ——————————————– As desired
Step 1: Measure 2 liters of petroleum jelly and place on the stove
Step 2: Add 1 liter of liquid paraffin
Step 3: Add color as desired
Step 4: Add ¼ slab of paraffin wax
Step 5: Allow to melt
Step 6: Remove from stove
Step 7: Add perfume as desired
Step 8: Add 2 spoonful of Boric acid
Step 9: Add 3 spoonful of eucalyptus oil
Step 10: Pour into container
Step 11: Allow to solidify
Step 12: Package for sale