Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Kind of Insect Repellant

 Researchers at New Mexico State University, trying out various substances' ability to repel mosquitos, found the usual DEET-based chemicals were effective in repelling those annoying pests. Non-DEET repellants did not work so well.

They also found that two other substances worked as well: Victoria's Secret Blockbuster and Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard.

This has  particular significance because of one of the species effectively repelled was Aedes eygptii, the carrier of the yellow fever virus. Yellow fever occurred several times in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, particularly in New Orleans and Philadelphia. The Asian tiger mosquito was also effectively repelled. These species may also carry dengue fever and chikungunya.

It's very likely that other perfumes may have this effect. I am not scientifically dedicated enough to try this out with Poême.
                                               



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7 comments:

Mike said...

Poême...
Some flowers are brown
Some will still grow
Apply that Deet
From your head to your toe.

Atomic Dog said...

Great poëme. Mike!

Cherdo said...

Maybe Victoria's Secret should call their perfume Bug Bomb.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Poeme? Thatshould repel bugs too.

John Hill said...

Attracts one kind of pest; repels another!

allenwoodhaven said...

People say that Skin So Soft works, but I can't stand the smell. Skeeters find us from our carbon dioxide exhalations and our body warmth. Granted not breathing isn't an option, but slowing one's breathing does help.

Blue Grumpster said...

Victoria's Secret Blockbuster? Well, that explains it. There are zero mosquitos in our house.