Science Finds Two Items Reduce The Chance Of Mosquito Bites By 60 Percent

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Before you know it, mosquito season will be upon us. If you’re one of the unlucky ones considered ‘mosquito bait‘, then we feel your pain. Warm weather equates to numerous of bites and scabs, no matter how much bug repellent is sprayed.

But science may have found the solution to all the itching and scratching. A new study seems to have proved that while many popular repellents aren’t doing their jobs, two products seem to work. The study tested 11 different products — an array of sprays, wearable devices and a citronella candle — to find out which one worked the best.

The experiment was setup to mimic someone sitting on their patio on a summer night. A volunteer, selected as ‘human bait’, sat at the end of the wind tunnel. Scientists were able to calculate if the mosquitoes moved towards or away the bait from a 1-3 meters distance.

Only two products, DEET and lemon eucalyptus sprays, were successful in reducing mosquito bites by nearly 60%. And of the 5 wearable devices tested, OFF! Clip on’s metofluthrin was successful in repelling the mosquitoes as well. The rest of the products had no significant effect on reducing mosquito attraction.

So, next time you’re heading outside in the summer mug, make sure to grab DEET or lemon eucalyptus spray to get rid of those skeeters.

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