Sociological Images caught something very interesting—packaging the same mosquito repellent product in two different ways:
“the mostly blue package includes a male figure fishing and logos for hunting, camping, and fishing. ….the mostly orange package includes a female figure, perhaps on a walk.”
In addition to the colors, there are completely different fonts and images on each package.
Seriously? Is it that important to have gendered packaging for even this??
At least they didn’t have pink and blue versions. Sigh.
I also have to question if this product will work, given the dismal performance of repellent wrist bands. There are larger photos here, but I couldn’t quite make out the active ingredients. It’s apparently a fan that blows out… something. Frustratingly, the OFF product page has no information about what is being blown around.
Eventually, I discovered the active ingredient is Metofluthrin, which has been shown to be repellent to mosquitoes. However, the trial I linked to…only compared to a control:
“89–91% reductions in landing rates compared with controls. Similar reductions in biting activity were also noted. Following these tests, field trials to assess effect on landing rates were conducted with emanators positioned 1.22 m on either side of volunteers protected from biting by Tyvek® suits, with pre- and posttreatment counts being made. In Florida (predominantly Ochlerotatus spp.) 91–95% reductions were noted 10–30 min after emanators were deployed, while in Washington State (mostly Aedes vexans) 95–97% reductions were observed.“
Now, that’s not too bad, but note that this was a test with TWO of these thingies on either side of the test subjects—not wearing it at the belt, as is shown on the product. I’d like to see it compared to traditional DEET repellent to really know how it holds up.
Frankly, I’ll stick to DEET, but there may be some folks less attractive to mosquitoes than me that this works well for. (I am a mosquito magnet, so usually need extra repellent.)
LUCAS, J., SHONO, Y., IWASAKI, T., ISHIWATARI, T., SPERO, N., & BENZON, G. (2007). U.S. LABORATORY AND FIELD TRIALS OF METOFLUTHRIN (SUMIONE®) EMANATORS FOR REDUCING MOSQUITO BITING OUTDOORS
Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 23 (1), 47-54 DOI: 10.2987/8756-971X(2007)23[47:ULAFTO]2.0.CO;2