Can A Bracelet Repel Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a difficult problem this time of year. They are most prevalent in the hot summer months. They thrive in areas where there is standing water, such as ponds and unchlorinated swimming pools. Mosquitoes can lay eggs anywhere there is stale water, even in something as small as a beach pail. This is why state authorities have warned people to pour water out of anything that sits outside of their home. This is to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne viruses, such as Zika and the West Nile virus.

Safeguarding Against Mosquito Bites

Many products have been marketed to help repel mosquitoes and avoid bites to the skin, such as sprays and lotions. One of the newest items is a mosquito repellent bracelet. It is often sold in a packet of six or more. It comes in bright rainbow colors which can be worn with any outfit. It is easy to slip on before going to school or playing an outdoor sport, which is why these bracelets have become so popular.

Does the Mosquito Repellent Bracelet Work?

Cartoon STOP Mosquito

Cartoon STOP Mosquito

The answer to this question is yes – partially. Mosquito bands are usually filled with chemical or organic ingredients that help to stave off mosquitoes. They are sold in multiples because the repellent wears off after a set number of hours or days, depending on the product. You can continue to wear the band if you like, but the repelling properties will eventually wear off.

It is also important to know that the bracelet is normally only helpful to the area in which it is worn. Mosquitoes usually bite both the arms and legs, anywhere that there is exposed skin to bite. If you wear a bracelet on your right arm, it will only repel mosquitoes in this area.

Use It As One Part Of A Total Regimen

If you are concerned about getting mosquito bites, the best way to avoid them is to reduce the amount of skin exposure by wearing light clothing on the arms and legs. Use repellent sprays or lotions on any exposed skin. You can then add a bracelet for additional protection if you wish.

A mosquito repellent bracelet is more of a fashion statement than anything else, but it can be used as one part of a personal safety regimen to ward off mosquitoes.