That's right: the #1 mosquito deterrent is a fan.
The New York Times credits this stroke of genius to Frank Swift, president of Swift Food Equipment Inc, who in turns credits the idea to "trying to think like a bug, and realizing I don’t like flying into a 15 m.p.h. wind.”
This is backed up by the American Mosquito Control association, which says: "Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers, so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution." And a scientific study found that fans can also help deter mosquitoes by disturbing the carbon dioxide plumes that they use to hunt you down.
So the next time you have a backyard party, drag out the old oscillating fan (or a table fan, or a box fan — really anything will do) and say goodbye to buzzing and biting.
Read more in The New York Times.
via The Atlantic