Nothing beats doing the mozzie wipeout but if you need to buy some insect repellents, here are some options that you can consider.
Types of insect repellents:
1 – Patch
They are like stickers. You paste it on your skin and it will create an invisible force field around you. Apparently, it works by giving off a smell that is unpleasant to mosquitos, hence making them avoid you at all cost.
Verdict: Doesn’t really work. Last time I used it was when I was in ubin last year I ended up putting 5 patches just to be sure. I still had 2 mosquito bites on my leg
2 – Spray
These are relatively effective. Bad news is they contain DEET, a chemical which may cause toxic reactions to your skin.
Verdict: Effective but the chemicals are a cause for concern. Might not be suitable for kids with sensitive skins.
3 – Mosquito Coil
Last seen during your kampong days. You burn the tip and let the amber slowly consume the coil. It gives off chemical smoke which harms mosquitos (and yourself too if you inhale deeply!)
Verdict: Depends on prevailing wind direction. Have to be used outdoors, otherwise, the smell from the smoke is overpowering. It also leave ashes all over the place and make the area very dirty.
4 – Electric Coils
Effective and clean. Works the same way as mosquito coils but with a more pleasant smell (and at times odorless too)
Verdict: Expensive. $6 for a starter kit (refills not included)
5 – Smartphone app
Works by emitting a low frequency buzz that keeps mosquitoes at bay. Similar to the patch. It supposedly creates a force field around you.
Verdict: If you use an iPhone, it will drain your battery. Not sustainable.
Personally, we love this brand of repellent the most. It is about $3 a tube and has kept our army boys and girls safe on the frontline for the past decade.
A personal issue for all SAF personnel. It has been tested and proven in the jungles of Taiwan , Brunei and Thailand and even the Australian outbacks.