There’s a new Federal Trade Commission warning out about mosquito bands that claim to protect consumers from being bitten by mosquitos, including those that could carry the Zika virus.
Beware of deceptive claims about Zika protection from wristbands
Viatek Consumer Products Group will pay $300,000 to the FTC to settle a charge that they made deceptive claims for their Mosquito Shield Bands.
Without having any proof, Viatek claimed that their wristbands would create a ‘vapor barrier’ to ward off mosquitos. The bands contained mint oil, which supposedly offered a bubble of protection around you that spanned five feet and would work effectively for 96 to 120 hours.
The mosquito bands were sold directly to consumers and through retailers, even being seen on the Home Shopping Network.
In addition to paying the $300,000, Viatek is under increased scrutiny and must have scientific evidence to back up any claims about the mosquito bands or any other pest control products they sell in the future.
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In reality, the best way to protect against mosquitos carrying the Zika virus—or really any mosquitos in general—is to have a repellent that actually works.
Consumer Reports recommends repellents that have 30% DEET, which is a powerful insect repellent. Among those listed by the magazine as good choices are:
- Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin ($8.25)
- Repel Lemon Eucalyptus ($7)
- Repel Scented Family ($7.50)
- Natrapel 8 Hour ($8)
- Off! Deepwoods Vlll ($7)
Keep in mind that these products should not be used on infants younger than two months. And be sure to follow the EPA guidelines about using insect repellents safely and effectively.
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