FR - GCB Buzz Off Insect Repellent - amytys
- My FR for the BuzzOff Insect Repellent can be found here:
Sorry for being a few days late - I've been putting in 14 hour days
at work - time to find another job, for sure!
My methodology for testing the Buzz-Off Insect Repellent was to first
walk into the woods and find the bugs. Once I confirmed that
mosquitoes were actually about and biting, I would rush off into a
sunny area and, before the mosquitoes found me, apply the repellant.
I walked through thick dark woods, swampy areas, across low-lying
muddy trail, and everything in between. Outside of a couple of hikes,
there were no buzzing mosquitoes to be found. I looked for bugs in
the morning, afternoon, and evening hours - NOTHING!
I've had to opportunity to do quite a bit of dayhiking this summer,
and have also done some backpacking/trail maintenance on the section
of the North Country Trail that I maintain in western Michigan.
Unfortunately for this test, we've had some unusual summer
conditions. Dry weather and low levels of humidity combined in a
manner unfavorable for mosquitoes to breed in - the number of hatches
have been very limited. I've lived in Michigan for my entire life,
and have never experienced weeks and weeks of summer conditions
devoid of mosquitoes. During the testing period, I hiked in
temperatures ranging from 53-95° F (12-35° C) but, for most outings,
daytime temperatures were in a comfortable summertime range of 76-85°
F (25-30° C). Add to this shade from trees and a steady breeze and
hiking conditions were perfect, unless one was testing bug repellant
or rain gear.
As other hikers were quick to point out when I explained that I was
testing a mosquito repellant, "first, there need to be actual
mosquitoes to repel." Thankfully, I do tend to attract a lot more
bugs than other people so while nobody was bitten on the few trips
where I did see mosquitoes, they would still seek me out, land, and
From a performance perspective, my experience has continued to mirror
what I initially found - mosquitoes still land and bite me, whether
I've applied the repellant or not. Because I didn't find conditions
where swarms of mosquitoes were present, I cannot comment on whether
the product noticeably decreases the number of mosquitoes landing or
Due to my not needing to apply the repellant very often, the bottle
remains more than half full. I look forward to the May/June 2008
timeframe, when I can continue my testing and amend this review.
However, this statement brings about another concern - will the "Buzz
Off" product still effective in ten month's time? There's no
expiration date on the packaging - another improvement the
manufacturer can make.
Based on my initial comments of effectiveness, the manufacturer
contacted me about my thoughts on increasing the percentage of catnip
oil - the active ingredient - that the product contains. I think this
is a good idea, and would welcome the opportunity to test a "high
strength" version of "Buzz Off" in Spring 2008.
- End of Field/Long-Term Report -
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Andy Mytys" <amytys@...>
>Oh, just read the Admin msg from Shane that this is a consumable and
> My FR for the BuzzOff Insect Repellent can be found here:
the FR/LTR due date has been extended to Sept 25th. And, mosquitoes
are starting to increase in population again (rain, high humidity have
returned). So, I'm retracting my FR and going to re-post in a few
- Great! Hope you find lots of mosquitoes! (that sounds really mean, huh?)
On 9/4/07, Andy Mytys <amytys@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com<backpackgeartesters%40yahoogroups.com>,
> "Andy Mytys" <amytys@...>
> > My FR for the BuzzOff Insect Repellent can be found here:
> > http://tinyurl.com/2akeez
> > ...
> Oh, just read the Admin msg from Shane that this is a consumable and
> the FR/LTR due date has been extended to Sept 25th. And, mosquitoes
> are starting to increase in population again (rain, high humidity have
> returned). So, I'm retracting my FR and going to re-post in a few
> weeks time.
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