I knew it. I knew Mosquito Deterrents only worked for a short while. Now I have scientific proof.
I guess I'll just have to go find a really big hamster ball.
The story is that if I used a mosquito deterrent spray to keep the little nasties off me, they would work only for a short time, then I'd be back to swatting. The reason is that DEET, which is the chemical that was developed for the US Army back in WWII, would get in the bug's antennas. The receptors would get clogged up, and the mosquitoes would ignore the DEET on the second go.
Think about it. You spray yourself with that Deep Woods Off, you expect to be able to go outside and have a good time. If the wind is low, and you are in a crowd, that may not work. The mosquitoes will go to the next guy for a while, and you're fine. But after being exposed to your repellent, and not finding something, they home in on your own Carbon Dioxide, and you're being bit. In a breeze, the bugs that got exposed to DEET would be blown away on the breeze and fresh, unexposed mosquitoes would be the next in line and be repelled until that breeze stops.
That is completely within my own experience. I'm the mosquito buffet in a crowd. I'll go out lathered in that goop and still get bit.
Sometimes, just knowing what you are up against is half the battle. Besides, I think it would be fun to play in a giant hamster ball on top of the waves on the ocean. Maybe tow it behind a boat? Bounce off the wake?
The whole story was on the BBC today, here at this link.
That's a load off my mind, even if it means I'm still going to be bit.