Mosquito Repellent

Are You A Mosquito Magnet?

Mosquito repellents fact or myth? Fact: Mosquitoes are annoying little insects. But what really attracts and repels them? From bananas and beautyberries to blondes and bugzappers, you can find all the juicy details below!

Mosquito Repellent Facts

  • Peppermint Oil
    Repels mosquitoes and larvae.
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa)
    Mississippi folk remedy.
  • Catnip
    10 times more powerful than DEET.

Mosquito Repellent Myths

  • Garlic
    Repels vampires and dates, not mosquitoes.
  • Citronella
    Only effective 3 to 10 minutes after application.
  • Vitamin B
    No link between Vitamin B and mosquito repellent.
  • Bug Zappers
    Kills only a handful of mosquitoes
  • Bats
    Mosquitoes makeup only a smallportion of diet.

What Attracts a Mosquito?

  • Blonde Hair
    Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
  • Perfume
    Floral scents are especially attractive to mosquitoes
  • Dark Colors
    Dark colors capture heat and make most people more attractive to mosquitoes
  • Bananas
    Bananas help break down lactic acid, which mosquitoes are attracted to. Lactic acid is broken down only if you’re carrying extra stores, making this a myth.

Larger Person, More Mosquitoes

Larger people tend to attract more mosquitoes because of their greater relative heat or carbon dioxide.

Mosquito Feeding Time

Choose midday or after dark to be out. Mosquitoes are more active at dawn and dusk.

So… How long do mosquito control products actually last?

  • Mosquito Magnets
    Octenol & Lurex Attractants – Continuous
  • Enforcer Prod.
    2.5% Permethrin – 4 Weeks
  • Skeeter Defeater Ammo Insecticide Spray
    Pyrethrin A Botanical Insecticide – 2 Weeks
  • Off! Deep Woods
    23.8% DEET – 5 Hours
  • Sawyer Controlled Release
    20% DEET – 4 Hours
  • Off! Skintastic
    6.65% DEET – 2 Hours
  • Repel Mosquito Stop
    0.5% Permethrin – 2 Hours
  • Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repllent
    Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus; p-menthane 3.8-diol (PMD) – 2 Hours
  • Bite Blocker For Kids
    2% Soybean Oil – 1.5 Hours
  • Off! Skintastic For Kids
    4.75% DEET – 1.5 Hours
  • Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus
    7.5% IR3535 – 23 Minutes
  • Natrapel
    10% Citronella – 20 Minutes
  • Herbal Armor
    12% Citronella; 2.5% Peppermint Oil; 2% Cedar Oil; 1% Lemongrass Oil; 0.05% Geranium Oil – 19 Minutes
  • Green Ban For People
    10% Citronella; 2% Peppermint Oil – 14 Minutes
  • Buzz Away
    5% Citronella – 14 Minutes
  • Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing Suncare
    0.05% Citronella 3 Minutes
  • Gone Original Wristband
    9.5% DEET – 0 Minutes
  • Repello Wristband
    9.5% DEET – 0 Minutes
  • Gone Plus Repelling Wristband
    9.5% DEET – 0 Minutes

Mosquito Repellent

Infographic by Mosquito Magnet.

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