Friday, August 02, 2013

Hey. mosquitoes--some new sheriffs in town

Word is, West Nile, carried by mosquitoes, has been found near where the president is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.

The nerve!

Anyhow, this reminded me of some new anti-skeeter stuff out there. First, there is a patch, called KITE, that keeps the little screamers off for 48 hours. It was developed for people in developing countries where malaria, Dengue Fever, and West Nile are rife.

The KITE sticks on your clothes and blocks mosquitoes from zeroing in on the CO2 being emitted by your body. KITE is still awaiting EPA approval, but it does not place poisonous chemicals such as DEET on your body or in the air around you. Check out

Available now are various clip-ons and bracelets emitting natural or chemical elements.

In a small study, the best performing were clip-ons with small, battery-operated fans. The Off Clip-On is about $9 and reduced the number of night-biting mosquitoes landing or biting by 97%. Terminix's All Clear SideKick diffuses botanicals such as geranium, lemon grass, and peppermint and cinnamon oils. This cut landing and biting by 94%.

The fan is better than the bracelet, which is better if you only want to protect your hands. A $5 BugBand stopped landing and biting on both hands by 57% in an urban area, and 52% in a rural area.

The fan dealies are better if  you are sitting--it allows a plume of protection to build up.

These observations came from a story in the WSJ by Laura Johannes, July 23, 2013.

A plume of protection--is that like the Cone of Silence? Yes--from the infuriating eeee eeee eeee.

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