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These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don’t Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

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Manuel Scarborough
Jun 02, 2016 10:00

If you re only worried about itchy bites, you might be okay with a partially effective product.

More importantly, the Aedes mosquitoes found in the southern US, and in central and south America, can carry Zika as well as other nasty diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

Another study, published in Acta Tropica, tested wristbands with geraniol, lemongrass, and citronella oils, likewise with terrible results.

If you re moving, or if it s a windy day, the repellent won t be able to surround you.

Crush a leaf and rub it on your skin, and then maybe—but even that is an iffy proposition, since many plant oils evaporate quickly.

Better yet, convince your neighbors to put one in their yard.

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Jun 02, 2016 10:00
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