Perfume That Repels

Mosquito

Mosquito

Mosquito season in the US has arrived.  People who would otherwise worry more about harmful effects of mosquito repellents have turned their worries to Zika. The four most effective mosquito repellents are DEET, Picardin, IR3535 and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Although safe to use as directed, DEET has received negative publicity in some circles. Some people dislike the chemical odor.

IR3535 (Ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate) is preferred by those who dislike the stronger odor in other effective mosquito repellents. The low odor has led perfume manufacturers such as Mrs. White’s Unstung Hero to market a cologne that includes IR3535. The product is more expensive than other repellents, but may make repellent use more acceptable or even chic.  Colognes are typically used to make the wearer more attractive to others. Simultaneously making them unattractive to mosquitos gives people another reason to wear cologne.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Perfume That Repels

  1. Pingback: Perfume That Repels – Entomo Planet

  2. Gary Shackelford says:

    Interesting and informative post as usual. Would you consider producing a post that deals with the issue of the potential harmful effects on rubber and plastics of the products mentioned here? Such a post might be a bit off-topic for your blog, but I am sure it would be of interest to many of your readers. The big negative of DEET for me is its harmful effects on rubber and plastic material in binoculars and cameras. It is difficult to keep all traces of DEET off my palms, and I usually avoid DEET for this reason.

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