I think the sound of mosquitoes annoys me almost as much as their bites. A new product called Shoo!bug turns that power of sound around so it works against insects. It turns out that insects are annoyed by certain sounds, too.
Developed originally to protect livestock, the Shoo!bug has frequencies for mosquitoes, flies, ticks and fleas embedded in a magnetic strip on a plastic card, much like a credit card. Worn next to your skin, the Shoo!bug adds its own frequency to what the Shoo!bug company refers to as the bio-energetic field around every animal. In other words, your body works as an instrument to help make the sound.
I was very skeptical, yet when the shipment arrived, our cat was extremely curious—presumably from the noise coming from inside the bag. The sound does seem to have an effect. We noticed mosquitoes flying toward it, then away. My family didn’t get any bites while we were wearing them next to the Salmon River in Oregon. It helped keep the skeeters at bay during 6 days in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness, wearing our Shoo!bug dog tags as a talisman against insectdom. We did resort to DEET-based sprays for the buggy mornings and nights, however.
The downsides: You need to wear Shoo!bug against your skin all day—and up to 24 hours before exposure to insects—for the energy field take effect. And even then, it’s not 100% effective when the bugs are thick and hungry.
To their credit, Shoo!bug offers a recycling program in addition to standing behind their product with a 30-day warranty. Each card lasts from 4 weeks to 2 years depending on how it’s used.
Bottom line: Don’t stake your skin on this product without permethrin-treated clothing or some other backup, but if you’re not a big fan of DEET, I think it’s worth a try.