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      • How long does it work?
        Every citronella bracelet works at least 72 hours. However the effective smell is decreasing progressively. This means the effectiveness is stronger in the first than in the last hour of usage. How long it works depends on the active ingredient that is used in the product, different concentrations can cause different active durations.
         
Citronella:
  • Armbanden en SpotZzz stickers: at least 72 uur
  • Flower pot: 2 weeks per square, 2 months per flower pot package
Nano Tech IR3535:
    • Nano Tech Bracelet: up to 20 days
    • Textile Spray: up to 2 months, 1 x wash
    • Fabric Softener: up to 2 months after each wash, 10 x washing after first washing time
    • Polo's: 2 months after each wash, 50 x washings 
    • Placemats: 2 months after each wash, 80 x washings
Cosmetica, Saltidin:
    • Body Moisturizer: up to 8 hours
    • Fragrance: up to 10 hours
    • Sun Cream: up to 6 hours
    • After Sun: up to 8 hours
    • Wipes: up to 5 hours

     
          • Can I swim with the citronella bracelet?
            Yes, you can, depending on how long you swim the effectiveness can decrease but will always last at least 72 hours.
             
          • How does the buckle function work?
            Simply cut the bracelet, measure your wrist, cut a piece from the bracelet. Attach the bracelet between the shark teeth of the buckle on each site and ready you are.
             
          • What can I do when the buckle does not function anymore?
            No problem send us a mail and we will send you a new one.
             
          • Can I sleep with my citronella bracelet?
            We advise not to because the heat and the skin can cause irritation. Also during sleeping there can be a vacuum between the bracelet and the skin hence we advise to place the bracelet next to the pillow.
             
          • What is the minimum age for the MosquitNo products?
            Because little children tend to nibble on things we advise not to give the bracelet to children younger than 3 years. The oil can cause diarrhea when swallowed al lot and that you do not want. Below, you will find an overview of the age restrictions for each active ingredient
             
Citronella:
  • Citronella Bracelets: children from the age of 3
  • SpotZzz: all ages, do not stick the stickers on the skin
  • Flowerpots: all ages
Nano Tech IR3535:
    • Nano Tech Bracelets: children from the age of 3
    • Fabric Softener, Textile Spray, Polo's, Placemats: Only apply to textile, for all ages. Watch out with children that tend to nibble on clothes.
Cosmetica, Saltidin:
    • children from 6 months
    • Pregnant ladies
       
            • What do I do with used citronella bracelets?
              You can just throw them away but put them on a plate in you bedroom and the effectiveness will last for some more time. You can also wear it as an accessory.
               
            • Recycle your bracelets
              We love spending time in Nature, so we’re doing our part to protect it! Send us 10 used citronella bracelets and include this form, and we’ll send you 2 new bracelets for free: one to say thank you and one to cover the cost of your shipping!
               
            • Does it stain on clothing?
              The MosquitNo Citronella bracelets do not stain on clothing, the Nano Tech Bracelets can however stain when they get wet. Do not wear them under the shower or during swimming.
               
            • What happens if citronella is ingested?
              According to the National Pesticide Information Center, if citronella is ingested, it is broken down and leaves the body through urine without adverse effects. Some people may experience a slight cough or throat irritation. If ingested, rinse mouth with water and seek medical advice.
               
            • What happens to citronella in the environment?
              According to the National Pesticide Information Center, a portion of citronella releases into the air as vapors. If submerged in water, it will vaporize from the surface. Once vapors are airborne, they will break down in a matter of hours. Citronella is also readily broken down by microbes.
               Frequently Asked Questions
            • Is citronella harmful to birds, insects or aquatic life?
              According to the National Pesticide Information Center, citronella is practically non-toxic to birds. It is slightly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Oil of citronella repels insects rather than killing them. Therefore bees, and other pollinators are not likely to be harmed. Citronella is unlikely to affect birds, fish or other wildlife in a harmful way because of its low toxicity and use patterns.
               
            • Where can I find more information on citronella? What does it have to offer?
              More information on citronella is available at the www.epa.gov. Please note that citronella is fragrence and not a pesticide. citronella influences the scent of you hence makes you less attractive to mosquitos. Citronella is not effective against malaria or dengue mosquitoes. The typical 'house' mosquito is just itching and for these type of mosquitoes one can use less aggressive ’tool’  like citronella and eucalyptus.

            • Where can I find more information on pesticides?
              More information on pesticides is available at http://npic.orst.edu.

            • Does the geranium plant protect me?
              in the early days and still today in Austria they used the Geranium to place on balconies to make the house less attractive for mosquitoes and more attractive to people. Still today geraniol is used as a natural oil against mosquitoes.
               
            • Can I also contribute to Unicef?
              Of course you can, just go to their website by clicking here: http://www.unicef.org/

            • How many different mosquitoes are there?
              Globally there are thousands of different types or species of mosquitoes.
               
            • Why are mosquitoes associated with the water?
              Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and the immature stages live in this water until they emerge as flying adults. This is why we urge members of the public to reduce the amount of standing water on their properties as it encourages breeding. In less than a week you can get from egg to fully grown adult.

            • Why do mosquitoes come out at night?
              Generally mosquitoes prefer to fly when it is cooler such as the early evening and night time, choosing to rest out of the drying effects of the sun in the day time. Although not all species bite at night Aedes aegypti the Dengue mosquito is considered a day flying mosquito and bites mostly in the late afternoon before dusk.

            • Why do mosquitoes bite?
              Only the female mosquitoes bite, they take a ‘blood meal’ in order to use the protein from it to make eggs. Male mosquitoes do not bite. It is a common misconception that when they bite a mosquito is ‘feeding’ on you, in fact mosquitoes get their dietary nutrition from sugars found in plants. There are some species of mosquitoes that don’t bite at all.

            • Why do mosquito bites itch?
              When a mosquito ‘bites’ it uses it’s proboscis to penetrate your skin and injects a salivary protein that will stop your blood from clotting as she sucks it up. Your immune system recognises this protein as ‘foreign’ and starts an immune response to attack the mosquito protein. When this happens the blood vessels in the area swell and local nerves become irritated by the swelling. You feel this irritation as an itchy sensation.

            • What diseases do mosquitoes carry?
              Mosquitoes can carry many different diseases from parasites such as filarial worms and malaria to viruses like Rift Valley Fever and Eastern Equine Virus. 

            • If a Dengue mosquito bites me, will I get Dengue?
              Not necessarily. Dengue is caused by a virus carried by people and mosquitoes. In order for a Dengue mosquito to transmit the disease it must first bite someone else who is carrying the virus before it can be passed on to you.

            • Why do only female mosquitoes transmit disease?
              Since only the females bite it is only the female that is capable of passing diseases from person to person or animal to animal.

            • What are the major components of citriodiol?
              The major components of Citriodiol® are racemic cis-and trans-p-menthane-3,8-diols and two minor isomers, PMD3 and PMD4. The isomers are all racemic, i.e. they are composed of equal amounts of the (+) and (-) isomers (Nishimura et al, 1984, Barase et al, 2002). All four major PMD isomers, (+)-cis-, (-)-cis-, (+)-trans and (-)-trans show comparable insect repellency (Barasa et al, 2002) Citriodiol® contains a minimum of 64% PMD.

            • What are the minor components of citrodiol?
              The minor components in eucalyptus citriodora oil, which amount to 25%, are unaffected by the mild acid environment used to convert citronellal into p-menthane-3,8-diols. Eucalyptus citriodora oil (75% citronellal) gives Citriodiol® (64-70% p-menthane-3,8-diols) and the apparent loss of product is accounted for as follows:
              a) Some citronellal is cyclised with dehydration, leading to isopulegol isomers which are already present in the eucalyptus citriodora oil.
              b)
               Some of the p-menthane-3,8-diol reacts with the citronellal to give acetals. 

              If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at info@mosquitno.eu