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Mosquito Repellents: DEET and PMD Sprays Most Effective, While Wearable Devices Disappoint, Study Finds


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Mosquito Repellents: DEET and PMD Sprays Most Effective, While Wearable Devices Disappoint, Study Finds

By Alec Gerry | February 17, 2017

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A search for “mosquito repellent” on Amazon.com delivers more than 28,000 product results. For a regular consumer, it can be difficult to find the ones that truly work among a sea of products that make bold claims.

Researchers at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at New Mexico State University are working to make the search for the best mosquito repellents a little easier. And their latest study offers some clear guidance: Spray-on repellents containing DEET or PMD (oil of lemon eucalyptus) are the way to go. Several “wearable” devices such as bracelets and sonic repellers, as well as a candle, were all found to be quite ineffective compared to the sprays. Their study is published online this week in the Journal of Insect Science.

“These findings are extremely important for consumers because they need to be aware that there are mosquito repellent products available that are ineffective,” says Stacy Rodriguez, laboratory manager at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at NMSU. “While the labels of many products make strong claims, some products simply don’t work.”

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