LISTEN: Mosquito Steve Sacrifices His Own Skin to Make Perfect Repellent

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – ‘Mosquito’ Steve Moore says he was up until 11 p.m. Monday, counting mosquitoes, and working to grow his pesticide brand.

Mosquito Steve LLC was founded by Moore in north Texas and says he has been bitten as many as 900 times in a single night to perfect his products.

He says the annoying insects are evolving and aren’t being as affected by Deet and other common bug spray ingredients as they used to. He compares mosquitoes to other potential post-apocalyptic survivors like cockroaches.

“I do think mosquitoes and cockroaches will be the last ones alive, but I thick the mosquitoes will win,” Moore says. “Mosquitoes adapt really, really quickly.”

He says the problem is that we’ve been using the same pesticides for 30-plus years. But Moore says he uses different kinds of repellents to keep them away, but not kill them.

“Most products work on the just the olfactory sense, or just the smell the mosquito gets,” Moore says. “Ours actually irritates the mosquito on five different levels so it keeps them from becoming resistant.”

Moore says the it will take 100 years for mosquitoes to possible grow tolerant of his products.

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