Every year more than 300 million people get sick by a mosquito bite, and tens of thousands die. For the rest, mosquito bites are annoying and painful. Now Israeli researchers have found a natural, cheap and ecological compound that prevent mosquitoes from biting you.
There are plenty of mosquito repellents, but many of them are either not 100% effective, or contain chemical products that irritate the skin or pollute.
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Israel have discovered an effective natural treatment based on cellulose, which can become a mosquito repellent.
The natural mosquito repellent
The cellulosewhen sprayed with sulfuric acid, it becomes cellulose nanocrystals. When mixed with glycerin, you get a gel either a spray which can be applied to the skin and acts as an invisibility cloak against mosquitoes.
It’s known that biting mosquitoes are femalesince they need blood nourishment to produce their eggs.
These female mosquitoes are attracted to certain odors produced by the skin. what this does natural cellulose treatment is to create a clear coat of cellulose nanocrystalswhich blocks the exit of these substances that attract mosquitoes.
The result is that you become invisible to mosquitoes. They do not detect the chemicals that attract them, and they don’t bite. The researchers themselves put their hands with and without this cellulose treatment in a boat with at least 15 female mosquitoes, and those that had the protective layer received 80% fewer bites.
The great advantage of using cellulose is that it is a compound very abundant, cheap and ecological. It can be obtained from old wood or scrap paper. And the process of creating gel either mosquito sprayit is also ecological and cheap.
This mosquito repellent based on a natural treatment of cellulose, now look for a marketer that mass-produces it. So it won’t take long to hit the stores.