Mosquitoes Not Impressed

Living in Florida, I am always on the alert for new ways to combat mosquitos. Especially this summer with the increased threat of West Nile virus. Catalogs are full of advertising for devices promising to repel or kill every mosquito if not for miles around, at least in your immediate vicinity.

Now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that a Florida company has "made a number of false and unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of its electronic pest repellents and air cleaning products." One of the false claims made is that "...their MosquitoContro devices repel mosquitoes from the user and provide an effective alternative to using chemical pesticides in the prevention of the West Nile Virus...." Perhaps this investigation will dampen the enthusiastic claims being made by other marketers of mosquito-repelling devices.

I know firsthand that it is not pleasant to have to continually spray mosquito-repellant all over ones body but, unfortunately, it remains the most effective way to protect oneself from mosquitoes.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
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