Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Perfume’s Effectiveness as Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquito Repellent


  • Gerilyn Boyle Texas A&M University


There are many vector-borne diseases that mosquitoes spread which pose risks for human health. Different repellents have been formulated to prevent interactions between the host and the vector. In this experiment, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume was evaluated as a repellent of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) (Diptera: Culicidae) by comparing it to DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide). The mean number of bites on arms wearing DEET, perfume, and nothing were determined and compared with one another. DEET was observed to prevent the most Aedes aegypti bites whereas the perfume did not prevent as many but did prevent more than the arms with nothing on.

Author Biography

Gerilyn Boyle, Texas A&M University

Entomology student at Texas A&M university