Harmful insects

Do Mosquito Bands Work?

Last spring, I noticed a product called “BuggyBands”, a wristband consisting of spirals of colored plastic that was purported to keep mosquitoes and other biting insects away. It wasn’t sold as a garden product, but I immediately saw the usefulness for gardening, as in my neighborhood, the mosquito population must outnumber the human population about a thousand to one. As the product claimed to be plant-based and non-toxic and wasn’t that expensive, I thought I’d try it. 

Well, I’m not impressed. Possibly the bands protected my wrists from mosquitoes (I honestly didn’t notice, being too occupied as swatting the mosquitoes trying to land on my head), but certainly mosquitoes came out in droves to feast on my blood when I slipped on a pair to do a bit of evening gardening. Maybe I should have worn the bands around my neck?

The bands did give off a weak but fairly pleasant somewhat citrusy scent … and came in a wide choice of bright colors. Perhaps they could still be useful as decorative wristbands? Photo: ebay.co.uk

It turns out there are other brands of mosquito bands, so maybe some are better than others. But I’m not going to do any further testing. Once bitten, twice shy, after all. 

Without daring to claim that mosquito bands are a rip-off, let’s just say they didn’t work for me. 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “Do Mosquito Bands Work?

  1. Mosquitoes are not what they used to be anyway. Repellents that kept away the native sorts do nothing to repel those that were imported from Asia (in our region). To make it worse, the new mosquitoes are active during the day, and have no problem with our arid climate! There are even billboards in San Jose warning people of the daytime active mosquitoes!

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