Summary of the eRumor: A suggestion that spraying Listerine mouthwash
around your property will keep mosquitoes away.
The Truth: There is no documentation that Listerine
mouthwash is a good mosquito repellant. The writer of the email
fails to identify who he or she is or where this took place so there's no
way of verifying it.
TruthOrFiction.com contacted the folks at Johnson and Johnson, the makers
of Listerine. They said there has not been any research on the
effect Listerine might have on mosquitoes. All of their testing has
been on germs, such as in the mouth.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
I can't wait to try this in the summer!
I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were
having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and
deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared.
The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat
whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a
picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's
swing area, and the standing water nearby.
During the summer, I don't leave home without it.....Pass it on.
OUR FRIEND'S COMMENTS:
I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors. It works - in fact, it
killed them instantly. I bought my bottle from Target and it cost me
$1.89. It really doesn't take much, and it is a big bottle, too; so it is
not as expensive to use as the can of spray you buy that doesn't last 30
minutes. So, try this, please. It will last a couple of days. Don't spray
directly on a wood door (like your front door), but spray around the
frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house