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Mosquitoes are a health hazard all year round and vector borne diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya are reported in large numbers during monsoons and post monsoons both.
Wearing long sleeve clothing, preventing breeding grounds of mosquito larvae, and reporting any high fever early on are some of the precautions that are recommended. Kids and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the mosquito nuisance.
To protect yourself and your family from the dreaded mosquito bites, here is a list of the best mosquito repellent products currently available in the Indian Market.
1. Mosquito Nets
Get one with a flexible steel spring technology that pops the net open and allows it to stand by itself securing the sleeping space.
These also fold to become compact and can be easily washed under tap water. They are also easy to carry when travelling.
Price: Rs 2000
- No physical contact with chemicals
- No fumes
- Double bed mosquito net can easily fit a family that co-sleeps with small children
- Easy to maintain
- Space saver as can become compact
- Need to ensure the space is mosquito free
- Folding it takes some practice
2. Mama Earth Mosquito Spray
Herbal and safe for children, the Mama Earth range offers a spray, roll-on, patches and cream.
This best is ideal for children under five years and is free of toxics like DEET and is completely natural.
Price: Rs 299
- Completely natural
- Compact for travelling
- Easy application because of the spray
- DEET free
- Physical contact
3. Good knight Roll-on
This natural roll-on is non-staining and offers eight hours of protection outdoors. Since, the roll-on is applied on the clothes; there is no physical contact with the chemicals.
Price: Rs 75
- Conveniently packaged
- Easy to carry
- No contact with skin needed
- 8 hours of protection
- Strong odour
4. OBLIQ C-Series Mosquito Trap Killer Kids Safe USB
The brand claims ‘The Edon mosquito killer trap features a series of photocatalyst lights which mosquitoes find irresistible, and get attracted to the trap, The fan then sucks the mosquitoes inside and prevents them from escaping.’
Price: Rs 3499
- Free of chemicals and odours
- Can be used indoors and outdoors, waterproof and weatherproof
- It is quiet and safe especially if you have kids and pets
- Kills mosquitoes
- Easy to clean
- Effectively for areas upto 1000 sq. ft.
- Works well when the room is completely dark
- Suffocates mosquitoes to death
5. Right MR-5620 Electric Mosquito Bat Electric Insect Killer
Mosquito swatters are almost a necessity these days. Mr. Right electric bat is made of sturdy plastic and is very handy indoors and outdoors.
It is rechargeable and easily electrocutes the mosquitoes.
Price: Rs 699
- Light weight
- Kills the mosquitoes
- Long battery life
- Easy to use
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Electrocutes the mosquitoes
- Needs to be charged
- Doesn’t cover a wide area
- Is handheld
6. Odomos Cream – Non-Sticky Mosquito Repellent
Odomos cream uses scents of Citronella to mask the smell of the human body. It does not contain any harmful chemicals and contains Aloe Vera to soothe skin. Comes in a spray, gel and lotion form too
Price: Rs 48 for 50 gms
- Offers 8 hours protection
- Aloe Vera to soothe skin
- Natural ingredients
- Needs to be applied on the skin
- Has a strong odour
7. Herbal Mosquito Vaporizer by Herbal Strategi
Price: 40ml with the machine retails at Rs 85
- Ayurvedic and natural
- Does not cause any respiratory issues as its free of chemicals
- Great alternative to chemical based vaporizers
- Strong odour
8. Hygiene Philips 40W Jumbo Flying Insect Killer UV Tube Catcher Zapper Repellent Machine
The Hygiene 40 Watt JUMBO Flying Insect Killer UV Tube Insect Catcher Bug Zapper Repellent Machine with High Voltage Current Rectifier Electric System is a flying insect killer machine that is easy to install and use.
It’s a great option to get rid of all those annoying and disease-causing insects and flies that ruin the peace at your home, office, and kitchen.
Easy to install and use, it consumes low power, is chemical free and does not harm the health of you and your kids.
Price: The MRP is Rs.9000, but you can buy one on Amazon for Rs. 4,490
- Covers large area
- 1 year warranty
- Chemical free
- Can be set on floor or wall mounted
- Is made especially for bugs and flies
- Needs power source
9. Phool Citronella Incense Sticks
These natural incense sticks are made out of temple flowers, essential oils, milk and honey. With a burning time of 45 mins, they are charcoal free and help in de-stressing while keeping mosquitoes away.
Price: Rs 165
- Charcoal-free incense sticks
- Completely natural
- The aroma helps in relieving stress
- The effect won’t last long
10. HIT black spray for Flying Insects
This is a powerful insecticide that targets mosquito, insects and bugs. The nozzle ensures easy spraying in nooks and crannies of the whole house.
Price: Rs 94
- Highly effectively in killing mosquitoes
- Can reach nooks and crannies because of the nozzle
- Easy to spray
- Strong odour
- Not safe around kids and pets
These are some of the best available products in India to battle the mosquito problem. We highly recommend that a combination of be used rather than one product alone.
For example; a mosquito net could further be made more effective with a handy swatter bat for killing mosquitoes. Stay safe and healthy!