FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bugs does Mosquitno repel?

Mosquitno repels mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and other flying insects that are attracted to humans by their scent.

How long are the Bands and Spotz effective?

Bands are effective for 120 hours and come in a resealable package to preserve effectiveness when not in use. In rare cases, some individuals may experience skin sensitivities. If an adverse skin reaction occurs, run cold water over skin and discontinue use.

Spotz are effective for 72 hours. You can also store Spotz in a plastic baggie to preserve effectiveness. Some individuals may experience a skin sensitivity to Spotz, therefore we advise users not to wear directly on the skin. If an adverse skin reaction occurs, please discontinue use immediately.

Do Mosquitno Bands and Spotz work?

Yes, Mosquitno Bands and Spotz are infused with citronella oil, which has been shown to effectively reduce mosquito landings. Mosquitno provides light-duty protection by masking the human scents that allow mosquitoes to identify a human target. Mosquitno cannot guarantee complete protection. Citronella has been recognized by the EPA as an effective insect repellent for humans and animals for over 50 years.

A study by the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada proved that citronella candles in a 3% concentration reduced Mosquito bites by 42%. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8827606

Mosquitno Bands and Spotz are much more effective and longer lasting than citronella candles in the study:

  1. Bands and Spotz have a higher concentration of citronella (15% v. 3% in the candles)
  2. The citronella scent from candles is easily blown away by wind making it ineffective. The citronella scent in Band and Spotz is not blown away in wind.
  3. Mosquitno is worn on your body so it stays with you wherever you move creating a personal bug-free zone.

If you’d like to hear what customers and product reviewers are saying, please visit our testimonials and buzz pages.

What is citronella and is it safe?

Oil of citronella is distilled from a grass variety found in China and has a very pleasant citrus scent. It is safe and non-toxic to humans, animals and the environment. It’s even safe for the pesky bugs we are keeping away.

In fact, it is commonly found in foods and beverages as a flavoring agent and is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration.
Oil of Citronella is currently on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of minimum risk pesticides.

Mosquitno Bands and Spotz are safe for children 3 years and up due to choking hazard. According to the U.S. EPA, citronella oil as a repellent presents little to no risk to children, infants or pregnant/nursing women.

Can Mosquitno prevent West Nile, Malaria, Dengue Fever or other mosquito-borne illnesses?

No. Mosquitno does not prevent any mosquito-borne illnesses transmitted through mosquito bites. Mosquitno can reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

What happens if citronella is ingested?

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, if citronella is ingested, it is broken down and leaves the body through urine without adverse effects. Some people may experience a slight cough or throat irritation. If ingested, rinse mouth with water and seek medical advice.

What happens to citronella in the environment?

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, a portion of citronella releases into the air as vapors. If submerged in water, it will vaporize from the surface. Once vapors are airborne, they will break down in a matter of hours. Citronella is also readily broken down by microbes.

Is citronella harmful to birds, insects or aquatic life?

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, citronella is practically non-toxic to birds. It is slightly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Oil of citronella repels insects rather than killing them. Therefore bees, and other pollinators are not likely to be harmed. Citronella is unlikely to affect birds, fish or other wildlife in a harmful way because of its low toxicity and use patterns.

Where can I find more information on citronella oil and other pesticides?

More information on citronella oil and other pesticides is available at the www.epa.gov and http://npic.orst.edu

Can Mosquitno Bands be recycled?

Yes, Mosquitno will recycle your used Bands. Just send them back to us including this form. For every 10 Bands we receive, we’ll send you two free Bands. One to say thank you and one to cover the cost of your shipping.

What are Mosquitno’s efforts around social consciousness?

Mosquitno donates to UNICEF to support children around the world affected by mosquito-borne illnesses. We are also passionate about promoting the importance of a connection to nature, especially for children. Our products help everyone enjoy what they love to do outdoors without being deterred by bugs or messy, toxic sprays. We also support organizations that promote the education of and a love for the outdoors.

To learn more about Mosquitno, who we are and what we love, please visit our About Page.