Understandably, Americans are worried about contracting the Zika virus, for which there’s no cure. While it has only been contracted outside the United States so far, there’s reason for New Jersey residents to be concerned about its impact. But there’s some good news on the horizon as we head into summer. A surprising new study has found that, in addition to DEET insect repellents, Victoria’s Secret’s Bombshell perfume also managed to repel certain mosquitoes (via TODAY).
The experiment conducted by New Mexico State University researchers involved applying the perfume to the volunteer’s hand, then pushing the fragrance into a tube holding 20 mosquitoes. They then either flew toward the scent if they were attracted to it, or away from it if they were repelled. In an article explaining the findings, Stacy Rodriguez, research assistant in NMSU’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab, said, “There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those. It was interesting to see that the mosquitoes weren’t actually attracted to the person that was wearing the Victoria’s Secret perfume – they were repelled by it.” However, before you start slathering yourself in the fragrance, know that the researchers said a high concentration of it was applied to the volunteer’s hand, so if you use a normal amount, it may not yield the same results. Still, this is promising news regarding a virus that’s affecting people around the world and that may soon spread far closer to home.
Visit the CDC’s website for the latest updates about the Zika virus.