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The claim: There's no need to coat yourself in greasy chemicals before backyard barbecues, camping trips or other outdoor activities this year. Instead, you can simply slip on a bracelet or press a sticker on your shirt, sock anywhere the vicious bloodsuckers like to bite you to keep them at bay and prevent bites for hours. If you are particularly prone to bites, more than one bracelet or numerous stickers can be strategically placed on skin or clothes. Available in a variety of colors and designs Mosquitno Bandz and Mosquitno Spotz are powerful and waterproof insect-repellant accessories that kids and adults can wear for natural protection from mosquitos and other biting insects.

Cost: $3.99 for Bandz; $3.99 for six-pack of Spotz

Where: National retails and www.mosquitnoband.com

I could hear the mosquitos laughing and saying, “What is that fluorescent band on that guy's wrist? Who does he think he is? Bieber?” just before dive-bombing me.

Mosquitno Bandz and Mosquitno Spotz simply did not work well. I tried a couple of variations, just the band, and then the band and a couple of the Spotz, but I still suffered through several mosquito bites.

They smell nice enough, so even if you do wear them, you won't be overpowered while you have them on. But I see little point in wearing them in the first place.

— Bill Vidonic

These Bandz and Spotz stickers are way cool and, best of all, they actually work. We sweet folks can really attract the bug bites on a warm, summer evening. What better place to test Mosquitno than during a camp-out of teen girls? The wristbands and stickers were distributed among the girls, and hardly any mosquitos were brave enough to take a bite. It's nice to forego spraying nasty bug spray on your arms and legs. The light scent is actually pleasant. No more roughing it outdoors. This is a definite step-up in bite protection.

— Rebecca Killian

I like the all-natural quality of Mosquitno. The idea is the lemony citronella aroma distracts mosquitos from recognizing your delicious human scent. Once you have a sense of your personal bite-ability factor (yes, I am very comfortable using scientific jargon), you can add stick-on Spotz or Bandz to increase protection. The Spotz power last three days and Bandz lasts for six. That's 150 hours of protection, but by keeping the Bandz in its resealable package, you can extend the period of effectiveness.

During my sunset festival cocktail hour, I've found that scattering dots around — a sandal here, a shirt there — and wearing the Bandz on my wrist kept the skeeters at bay.

— Sally Quinn

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