New app claims to repel mosquitoes

Posted at 06/01/2012 5:07 PM | Updated as of 06/01/2012 5:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tired of having mosquito bites? A new smartphone app claims to help repel these insects with the help of high-pitched sounds.

Developers of “Mosquito Repellent” claim that the app can produce sounds that mimic insects and other animals and scare mosquitoes away.

The “ultrasonic” sounds are described as “so high-pitched that they are undetectable to the human ear.”

“A mosquito, for example, may think a predatory dragonfly is nearby,” developer Green Mobile Inc. said.

The free Android app has been installed by more than a million users, according to Google Play, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Most users of the app claim that the product is effective in repelling mosquitoes.

But Molly Keck, an entomologist in San Antonio, expressed her doubt on the smartphone app.

“There’s no scientific research as of now to prove that it does or doesn’t work. There’s just no reason why it should,” Keck told CNN.

“Most of the time, mosquitoes and all insects smell than hear through scents and through chemicals in the air, not through wavelengths,” she added.

Despite this, Keck believes that the app is pretty harmless, especially since it’s free. “You can’t argue with success. If it works for you, it works for you,” she said.