Mosquitoes are a problem in parts of India, and in some cases, they carry infections like dengue fever and the chikungunya virus, which have grown common in urban centers. Malaria is also a risk in India. LG is marketing consumer electronics devices in India, and it has been selling a technology called “Mosquito Away,” which pretends to repel the mosquitos. The tech has previously developed in air conditioners and other LG products, and now it’s a key part of the LG K7i’s marketing. LG says its analysis of the LG K7i repelled “on average 72 percent of disease-spreading mosquitoes,” according to News.
However, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and other gatherings say it won’t work. Texas A&M University entomology professor Dr. Roger Gold employed years running studies that have exposed ultrasonic bug repellant as well. According to the AMCA: “At least 10 studies in the past 15 years have collectively denounced ultrasonic devices as having no repellency value whatsoever.” The company goes on to say that nevertheless, the tech has proven to be an “extremely effective marketing tool for the repeller manufacturers.”
If you’re looking to repel mosquitoes, a New Mexico State University study from direct this year identified some methods that work while confirming that a tested sonic solution wasn’t among them. It’s, therefore, confusing to customers in India that LG claims its own survey, which recorded the tech to be effective, was “certified” by India’s International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology, an association that describes itself as “a link between Industry and Regulatory System.”
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