Bug spray should not be here to stay

Ah, a nice summer night—nothing better than having a nice drink on the terrace all while enjoying the sunset. While night is falling, the air is also becoming more humid and the mosquitos are rejoicing.

For thousands of years, they have loved whistling at your ears as you spend the evening applauding them. They are capable of cracking down at any hour of the day and night to quench their thirst and, unfortunately, they only drink blue blood.

You can try to sleep with a mosquiteer or try to pull out a sword to kill a mosquito. But, it’s a fact: this predator without any pity for humans also has an important role in the food chain because it feeds invertebrates, reptiles, fish, birds, etc. Mosquitos are, therefore, an integral part of the ecosystem and indirectly provide security for human survival. 

However, you have tried everything to get rid of these sucky creatures: ultrasound systems, ultraviolet lampes, smartphone apps…nothing has been very effective. You have even invested in a bracelet but only the arm on which you wear it has been speared while the rest of your body has served as the trough for the mosquitos.

In the meantime, the manufacturing of all of the anti-mosquito gadgets is full of petrol, filled with greenhouse gas, and drowned in polluted water. So much ecological footprint for so little efficiency and still more global warming: but what bug has gotten under your skin?

There are many natural ways, though, to protect yourself against mosquitoes: indoor fragrances made from essential oils, homemade body oil, etc.

You may think that a little bit of bug spray is not so bad for the environment. You may think that you are too small to change anything relating  to climate imbalance. Try, then, to sleep with a mosquito and you will see which one with prevent the other from sleeping… 

 YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*

When you refrain from buying 100ml of bug spray, you are helping to save approximately: 

  • 2.32 oz / 120 grams of plastic waste
  • 16.9 fl oz / 500 ml of oil (packing and transportation)
  • 7.34 gal / 27.8 liters of water (oil extraction)
  • 114 kW of power (manufacturing et packing)
  • 11.7 oz / 332 g of CO2 equivalent (power production, oil extraction, and transportation)
  • 78.6 ft& / 7.3 m² of ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
  • 4 to 11 USD/ 3 to 10 euros

(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.

Learn more:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bug-spray-toxic_b_904501

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-it-true-that-the-deet/

https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellent/five-insect-repellent-products-to-avoid/


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