How It Works
Mozzie Style's gear works like a screen porch for your body. We use a very fine mesh fabric (noseeum grade) that keeps insects from being able to fly or crawl through the holes of the fabric. It uses the pocket of air between your skin and the fabric to create a natural barrier to keep insects away from your skin. It is insecticide-free and offers another layer of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, noseeums, black flies and more. It can be used on its own or in combination with more traditional mosquito repellents.
Mozzie Style's fabric has been tested and found to significantly reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites by an insect scientist at Oklahoma State University. It was found to be just as effective as a long-sleeved shirt (as recommended by the CDC to reduce outdoor exposure to mosquitoes) in reducing mosquito biting behavior – but it’s more breathable and comfortable.
What to consider
This gear is made from materials that are easy to clean and will survive multiple washes and most of the elements of nature. Because of this, it is more cost-effective option than conventional insect repellents as you do not have continue to replace/repurchase.
Please keep in mind that there is no solution that saves you from insect bites in every situation. Although the right clothing can play an important part in your plan to avoid insect bites, nothing can guarantee you 100% protection. For instance, if the netting is tight against your skin it will not provide proper insect protection. So, don't be afraid to size up, as it will increase the pocket of air between you and the insect. You can also use Mozzie Style gear in combination with other repellents like traditional DEET spray, essential oils, etc.
We intentionally make our gear with white fabric. White clothing is known to naturally repel mosquitoes. According to The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, dark colors will attract mosquitoes. Dark colors can also trap carbon dioxide from the body, which mosquitoes love. But it's still the great outdoors and it's inevitable that you are going to get a little dirty. To make up for the fact that it's white, we made sure to make our products machine washable.
Why is it insecticide free?
Most mosquito net clothing on the market today is treated with Permethrin which is an insecticide, not a repellent. That means that it KILLS insects. It is toxic to pollinating insects like bees, butterflies and other insects you come into contact with. Without pollinating insects, the plants we grow in our gardens or on local farms cannot complete the pollination process and produce fruits or vegetables.
Permethrin is the only insecticide approved by the EPA for the treatment of fabric/clothing. However, mosquitoes are evolving and are becoming resistant to Permethrin (see links below for more info), which can make it completely ineffective against mosquitoes in overused locations. With this in mind, we develop products that can be used on it's own or in combination with repellents to better protect our environment.
Here's a view of the Mozzie Style jacket in the field: