BUZZ OFF POR­TA­BLE MOS­QUITO RE­PEL­LENT

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Pow­ered by a sin­gle AA bat­tery, this lip­stick-size de­vice emits a high-pitch ul­tra­sonic noise that is nearly in­audi­ble. Turn it on by twist­ing the cap, align­ing marks on both parts, and clip it to a shirt or pant pocket. Some of our testers could barely hear the de­vice when held di­rectly next to their ears, but it was au­di­ble, though not an­noy­ing to oth­ers. The noise is touted to drive off sting­ing in­sects. We were skep­ti­cal.

TIPS: Hang­ing it about the waist seems to be the best com­pro­mise for cov­er­ing an­kles to ears. One tester clipped it to a san­dal. Us­ing two de­vices might work bet­ter for full cov­er­age.

RE­SULTS: We were sur­prised. Horse­flies left im­me­di­ately when we fired it up and an­kle-bit­ing mosquitoes van­ished when it was set by our feet.

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