For ThermaCell believers here’s another in the line of personal protection from pesky mosquitoes, blackflies and no-see-ums — the lantern. For those who have not tried ThermaCELL products, this may be your way to do so.
It’s not like an earlier model that had a glass globe and burned with a tiny flame providing minimal light. No, this one casts a frosted glow (high and low output) from a battery-powered LED, and it has the ThermaCall butane-powered heater that vaporizes allethrin-saturated pads, giving off an invisible and nearly odorless cloud that repels bugs.
There’s no open flame, and allethrin is a synthetic form of a natural insecticide pyrethrin found in the pyrethrum flower, a member of the chrysanthemum family. The technology has been tested and approved by the EPA and the U.S. Army, ThermaCELL says, and it’s currently used in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
The lantern covers a 15’ x 15’ area, the company says. The personal ThermaCELL units, which are a little larger than a handheld radio, clip to your clothing and operate on the same fuel/heated pad concept. Folks who use them sing their praises. Their “cone of protection” is several feet.
The lantern version is good for use on the backyard picnic table or on the deck in the evening, and a good companion for car-camping, where bulk is not a consideration.
For more information on allethrin check out Extension Toxicology Network, a pesticide information project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University and University of California at Davis at http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/24d-captan/allethrin-ext.html.
You know that after our prolonged damp and cool spring, as soon as the temperatures go up we’re going to be treated to and onslaught of flying pests. Now’s a good time to arm yourself.