Can high-frequency sounds repel mosquitoes?

24 January 2013

Question

Dear Chris,

I was at the local store the other day and I happened to see a small device being sold that claimed to emit high frequencies (that humans can't hear) that repel mosquitoes. My question is :Is there any peer-reviewed evidence to suggest that high frequency sounds can keep mosquitoes away or are people swindled into buying a useless product?

Cheers,
Nikhil Rajagopalan
India.

P.s. Your podcast rocks; would love a reply from you guys! :-D

Answer

We'll have the answer on the nect Naked Scientists Show. Until then, what do you think?

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