Insects commonly make appearances at football games. Typically, it is during warmer weather than is predicted for the 2013 Superbowl. The only insects likely to make an appearance are the animated types found in the Superbowl ads. Last year’s (2012) Chevy Sonic commercial featuring insects riding on the grill of car was a hit with entomologists everywhere. Will we have another hit insect ad this year?
One of my favorite ads is the “Tabasco Sauce- Exploding Mosquito” video. A gentleman eating pizza outdoors slathers his pizza with Tabasco Sauce. The bug zapper fails to stop the mosquito which bites the man on his leg. However, his blood is so spicy from the Tabasco Sauce that the mosquito explodes. Of course, the explosion is pure fantasy, but there are systemic drugs that people can take to kill parasites transmitted by mosquitos. Agents such as spicy pepper are not deterrent enough or lethal to mosquitos to be effective for control. The best bet is to use an effective repellent applied to the skin.