These 3 Popular Mosquito Products Won’t Protect Your Kids – According to Consumer Reports

Even products with 4 + star reviews were scientifically proven not to work

And these are products you'll find on the first page of Amazon when you search "mosquito".

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Myth #1 - Citronella Candles

Citronella Candle For Mosquitoes

Citronella candles were found to be ineffective against mosquitoes.

Citronella Candles don't stop mosquitoes from biting.

While oil of citronella is known to help repel mosquitoes... the concentration put off by candles, isn't enough to protect you from them. 

Consumers think that just because a product is out there, it will protect you. That’s just not true. It’s buyer beware when it comes to these things. Especially with Zika around.

Stacy Rodriguez New Mexico State University Entomologist

Tiki torches also fall under this myth...

Myth #2 - Mosquito "Repellent" Bands

Mosquito Repellent Wrist Bands

Mosquito repellent wrist bands haven't been found to help prevent mosquito bites.

Mosquito Repellent Wristbands had a similar result to the citronella candles. Some studies have shown that bites can be less frequent right next to the wristband... but they did not provide you very good protection.

The FTC even charged a company selling mosquito wristbands with deceptive marketing tactics. Their products lacked any proven results.

The defendants said that their wristbands would protect you from mosquito bites, but their claims weren’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Jessica Rich 

Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

Myth #3 - Bug Zappers

A study conducted by University of Delaware found that less than 0.3% of insects found in bug zappers were biting gnats or mosquitoes.

The sounds of bugs being zapped can be satisfying, but most of them won't bite you.

[The Bug Zapper] is a totally useless device.

Source: New York Times.  

Dr. Douglas Tallamy

University of Delaware

So... What Works?

Experts recommend layering strategies since no mosquito solution is going to be 100% effective.


The problems you can encounter with that is is...

  • Some solutions only work for specific types of environments
  • Some solutions can work against each other

People have just got to understand that there’s no easy solution to this whole thing.


Source: The Wire Cutter.  

Joe Conlon

American Mosquito Control Association

What Will Protect Your Kids?

Unfortunately, you can't rely on online reviews to determine if something will work for your yard...

Same Product, Different Results

Amazon Mosquito Positive Review

This person was very happy with the results.

Amazon Negative Mosquito Review

This person was very unhappy with the results.

You can’t take internet testimonials at face value. Period.


Source: The Wire Cutter.  

Joe Conlon

American Mosquito Control Association

This product can work wonders, but you need to have the right type of yard for it to provide any type of protection for you and your family.

Leave a Reply 4 comments

Nuria Remolina - August 21, 2018 Reply

Great information about the other product that no work. I will use the outdoor spray service that warranties the better protection against mosquitoes.

    Nicholas Citrin - March 11, 2019 Reply

    Nuria, glad you enjoyed the post! Definitely avoid using the products that don’t work… 🙂

How to get rid of mosquitoes once and for all - May 31, 2019 Reply

[…] There are a lot of mosquito products out there that don't really do anything… […]

    Nicholas Citrin - May 31, 2019 Reply

    Agree… Unfortunately, a lot of consumers aren’t informed of what doesn’t work… what works… and what will work for their specific situation.

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