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Treated Mosquito nets or non treated?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Today’s post answers commonly asked questions about treated mosquito nets.

Is the insecticide safe?

The insecticide that is used on our nets are all World Health Organization (W.H.O) Approved. Only in vary rare cases when someone allergic to these chemicals can they not be used. However chemicals do not get W.H.O approval easily.

These insecticides are used on nets and around houses and community “public spaces” in area’s where mosquitoes are a risk to the local peoples. A couple of  these insecticides that are used on our nets are Deltamethrin and Alpha-Cypermethrin. Deltamethrin is used on our treated Venice and Mykonos mosquito nets and Alpha-Cypermethrin are used on our Guardian net range. All these nets except of the Guardian Rectangular nets also come non treated.

Do you need a treated net and why do people use them?

Mosquitoes will not get through a net which has no holes in it and hangs in a way that there are  no openings for them to get in from the side or underneath. However, what they do, is actually kill mosquitoes and therefore reduce mosquito populations. This is huge plus for the millions of people that live in communities (in a lot of developing countries) where mosquitoes carry diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

Treated nets are not necessary in most Developing Countries where mosquito borne disease are not a problem, however if you a want to take vengeance on them and take a few down while you sleep – use a treated mosquito net!

Stay safe,

Anthony

“A story about the mosquito net, the spray and mosquito eating fish”

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Mosquito Nets On-Line 3 Step Mosquito Viruses Eradication Program

This program is based around a 3 “pronged” attack on the elimination of Malaria, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis,  and other viruses carried by mosquitoes, ticks, biting sand-flies and other insects on a local level.

This is basically a smaller version of programs carried out by Governments, The World Health Organization, UNICEF and other NGO’S.

The 3 “pronged” attack is:

  1. Use of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated mosquito nets (LLIN’S)
  2. Residual wall spraying
  3. Larviciding

  1. Step 1. LLIN’S

Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets are a vast improvement on the old treated nets which only remain chemically active for 6 months and even less so if was washed regularly.

How do they work? The human body attracts the mosquito during the night; the mosquito net (which has been chemically treated using a World Health Organization approved chemical) takes out the mosquito with it dying within 24 hours.

You can only be sure that you have a legitimate LLIN if it has passed exhaustive testing by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES). Many companies say they use WHO guidelines for net treatment but there is no critical examination of their products, effectiveness and how long they will last.

LLIN’S nets must be effective even after 20 washes or 5 years of use. They also must be over 75 Denier in net strength.

Only 6 ‘’brands’’ have currently achieved W.H.O recommendation; we use these nets for LLIN supplies in counties where mosquito viruses are prevalent .

  1. Step 2. Residual wall spraying

Nets will keep you safe at night but we also have to take out some mosquitoes that bite during the day (Dengue fever carriers) and ticks bedbugs and other vectors. Mosquitoes can also be sleeping and or nesting in different parts of a house in corners or under eaves.

The chemical for spraying is mixed with water and then sprayed on house surfaces with it lasting over 6 months. Spraying just before the wet season starts is vital.

  1. Step 3. Larviciding

Once we have applied steps 1 and 2 to individuals and dwellings we concentrate on a “Community” level, targeting breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. There are three ways to do this:

A)   You can use safe approved chemicals on Stagnant water

B)    Eliminate such bodies of water when practical

C)    Introduce or re-introduce Indigenous mosquito eating fish, this is a natural way to control mosquito larvae

So there we have it – how to decrease acute deaths and illness from mosquito bites and how to decrease the numbers of mosquitoes.

We of course sell treated and non treated nets on our site http://www.mosquitonetsonline.com . We also supply small to medium size bulk orders of LLIN’s to groups throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

Stay safe,

Anthony

Mosquito nets on-line