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Made in Sarasota: MosquitoPaQ Sunscreen and Repellant

Summer just got more bearable.

By Cooper Levey-Baker March 29, 2017 Published in the April 2017 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Hear the buzz of a hungry mosquito? Slap on some MosquitoPaQ Anytime Lotion, created by the Sarasota company Penta5 USA and manufactured at its Northgate facility. The natural, non-toxic alternative to DEET-heavy varieties causes females (the biters) to seek nectar instead of human blood. Summer just got more bearable.

MosquitoPaQ products launched just as Zika virus began spreading. The company passed out repellent in Zika-affected neighborhoods in Miami.

Mosquitoes are far and away the world’s deadliest animal for humans, killing an estimated 725,000 people each year.

Outdoor Zone pouches release a human-like scent that attracts female mosquitoes. But as the mosquitoes fly through the vapor, it confuses their protein receptors, turning them off to the smell of humans and preventing them from biting.

The MosquitoPaQ formula has been in the works for seven years, a process that involved rigorous testing to ensure it’s safe for kids and pets.

1-15. Number of days a MosquitoPaQ Outdoor Zone pouch can keep bugs at bay.

1 billion. Number of MosquitoPaQ pouches Penta5 can manufacture each year.

$2.99 - $6.99 - Price range of the mosquito repellent products, sold online and at outdoors stores.

4.7 percent. Projected growth in global mosquito repellent sales through 2021

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