New mosquito repellent put to test
Mosquito larvae is collected in a glass container to determine how many of the little pests will hatch.
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:57PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:58PM MDT
We haven't seen many of them up until now, but Calgary's mosquito population is about to boom.
And there's a new product on store shelves that promises to keep those pesky bugs from sucking our blood.
The OFF! Clip-on repellent is a device you wear that fans repellent all around you.
It promises up to 12 hours of scent-free, head-to-toe protection.
The disk contains a chemical called metofluthrin, which studies say successfully repels more than 90% of mosquitoes.
The repellant comes with warnings not to inhale the vapor or use the product indoors or in enclosed spaces.
The package also says if you move around while wearing it, you must allow a few minutes to rebuild the area of protection.
Consumers saw other drawbacks not listed on the package. Some don't consider it very fashionable.
For others, looks weren't an issue.
"I would wear that and something five times as big if it worked," said outdoor enthusiast Corey Wood.
In the end, Consumer Watch specialist Lea Williams-Doherty found the repellent effective, unless you moved around too much. That's because you can't build up enough of a protective cloud of the chemical.