Eastern Shore Mosquitoes are Shy Around the OFF! Clip On

OFF! Clip-on Mosquito Repellent Fans

In Somerset County we’re used to mosquitoes being around all day.  They are ruthless attackers looking for any exposed skin.  I don’t mind the bite as much as I hate the one week of itching and scratching that follows.  Most of us have cans of insect repellant by the doors or on the porch in our homes because it’s necessary to spray yourself and the children before going outdoors.

When I saw these OFF! Clip-on Mosquito Repellent fans I laughed thinking they’d be no match for our mosquitoes.  The little battery operated fan comes with a refillable insert that is pressed over the fan.  When the fan is turned on it blows through the insert and creates a cloud of repellant around you that repels mosquitoes.  It also does NOT use DEET.  It comes with everything you need to start using it – including the batteries.  The repellent lasts for up to 12 hours according to the package. The fan is lightweight and easy to clip on.  There are different sizes.  I tested both.

I bought one large and one small and tried them both in two locations – our front yard and the Frisco Woods Campground in the Outer Banks.   In both places, both fans worked quite well – so long as you didn’t move much.  I clipped one on and sat outside on our veranda. I was not bitten or even bothered by mosquitoes.  I went out into the garden with the fan clipped on my waisteband and noticed my lower calves were getting bit.  So I clipped in on my boot and my neck was getting bit.  Same thing happened in OBX. I thought it strange that the fan’s proximity to the “biting location” was a factor when I was moving…  but not a factor when I was still.

Then I read the package.  It seems that when you are still, the repellant has time to build up around your body and stay like a coating around you.  When you move that shell is interrupted.  The less moving, the better the protection. The fans worked well inside a tent.  My husband and grandson ran them all night, and it kept mosquitoes that may have gotten trapped in the tent away from them while they were sleeping.

So if you’re in a highly infested mosquito region like the marshes on the Eastern Shore, and you want to sit outside and relax, the OFF! Clip-on Fan is a great alternative to the spray.  But if you’re actively working in the garden, walking briskly or participating in a sport – I’d recommend dragging out the DEET.




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  1. I’ve tried so many things to repel the little devils including wearing dryer sheets tucked into my socks. One thing that worked for me was to drink a shot of vinegar which is supposed to work within 15 minutes. Pretty much did the trick, though it didn’t go down too well (yuk).

  2. Thank you for this. I have been trying to figure out why this does not always work for me when I am trying to clean bird baths and fill feeders. As you said I get bit around the ankles mostly and my ears. I have tried recently to turn the clip on on a few minutes before I go out and give it time to build up. That seems to help a little but thanks again for clearing this up for me.

  3. Mindi,
    I LOVE your blog. It’s so professional with all the bells and whistles. Mine is so “homemade”. I will enjoy seeing your adventures on the East Coast. I fear I may never get to pull my Polly quite that far. I need a travel partner to go with me. (my husband works a lot)
    I see that we are both Irish. I’d love to go to Ireland someday. I think I may still have family there in a village far far away (O’Quinn)
    Thanks again for finding my travel blog.

    • So good to hear from you, Melissa and connect with another r-pod owner. We’d love to pull ours across the country, but I work full time and we’d need at least a month. Gas is so pricey right now too. But I’ve been to the west coast and so loved it. I’d love for my husband to see it. Maybe someday. I take a tour group to Ireland every year in May. You should consider joining us. check out That’s the latest on our next trip. I look forward to getting to know you on Facebook and through your blog.