Do Anti-Mosquito Wristbands Work?
It seems almost magical — a bracelet you can wear that will prevent mosquitoes from circling your neck and ankles at your next outdoor excursion or barbecue. How simple, right? You won’t have to worry about the dangers of DEET, you won’t have to feel sticky from repellent, and you won’t have to smell like chemicals from head to toe.
But you’ve heard the phrase: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” One must ask the question: Do anti-mosquito wristbands work? Unfortunately, anti-mosquito wristbands are just not worth it.
What Is an Anti-Mosquito Wristband?
Anti-mosquito wristbands are impregnated with DEET, peppermint oil, or other mosquito deterrents. According to their manufacturers, wearing the wristband is supposed to keep mosquitoes away from you. Touted as a safe and easy way to protect yourself and your children, they even come with adjustable bands so every member of your family can wear them. And to appeal to an even wider audience, they come in different colors. They seem like a great solution, but appearances are not always what they seem.
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Do Anti-Mosquito Wristbands Work?
Unfortunately, mosquito wristbands simply do not work and have been shown in multiple studies to offer little or no protection. One study, which tested the Super Band™ Wristband (22% Citronella oil) and the PIC® Citronella Plus Wristband (Geraniol 15%; Lemongrass oil 5%, Citronella oil 1%); “determined that the wristbands did not provide significant protection to volunteers compared with the mosquito attack rate on control volunteers who were not wearing a repellent device.”
Dr. Cameron Webb of the University of Sydney & Pathology West tested a wristband impregnated with peppermint oil in laboratory conditions and found that while fewer mosquitoes landed on arms with wristbands as compared to those without wristbands, there was never complete protection on the arms with wristbands. Those who wore the bands were only protected around the area of the wrist band. They still were bitten further up on their arms. So while there may be some truth to the manufacturers’ claims that mosquitoes will be repelled, the abilities of the bands are not enough to make any difference.
What Does Work?
Mosquitoes are a little too good at finding the gaps in a person’s protection. One little wristband just can’t cover a whole body, and so mosquitoes will find their way to another part of your body to find themselves a nice meal.
Repellents and proper clothing are your best bets at keeping mosquitoes away from you. Wear the most protective clothing you can that will suit your outdoor activity as a defense against mosquitoes. Then, spray your body with an effective repellent. Repellents with DEET have been proven to be effective, but they also can have toxic effects on your nervous system and on the environment. But avoiding repellent is just as dangerous, as mosquitoes can carry crippling — and even deadly — diseases.
Instead, use a DEET-free insect repellent that has been proven to repel mosquitoes. Deter Insect Repellent is a 100% natural insect repellent that has been scientifically proven to last more than six hours. It’s as effective as products containing 25% DEET. Biodegradable and safe for the environment, you can feel confident you and your family will receive protection from mosquitoes — without the harmful effects of chemicals. Give it a try today.