Buona Notte: Insect Repellent Sheets From Italy

Insect adThese 100% cotton sheets impregnated with lemon and mint essence promise to keep some the most annoying pests out of your summer bed: mosquitoes.

The brain wave comes from Italian home linen company Bassetti, the “tranquil nights” (Notti Tranquille) line is pitched as a non-toxic, hypoallergenic, scentless way to keep blood-sucking insects 30 cm (about 11 inches) away from those who sleep under them. No price listed.

Probably worth a try, but it won’t keep most households in the Bel Paese from requiring other paraphernalia — plug-in thingys, citronella candles — to keep the merciless zanzare at bay.