Ah, summer. The days of puffy red bumps dotting your arms and legs. The cardiovascular campfire exercises also known as swatting mosquitoes. The pink calamine lotion designs splotched onto itchy kids everywhere.
The more outdoorsy you are, the more likely you are to suffer this summer malady. However, some folks get bitten more often than others, no matter what they do to repel mosquitoes. Everyone has a favorite remedy for this. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Avon Skin So Soft bath oil for years for our family’s outdoorsy pursuits, but with the uptick in mosquito-borne illnesses, we should all be a bit more vigilant.
Here’s the research on who is the most vulnerable to getting bitten and what you can do to protect yourself.
You must weigh the risks before using some of these. For some, fear of the diseases carried by mosquitoes may outweigh the risk of putting pesticides on their skin.
Share it in the comments section below. However, my friends, keep in mind that the comments section is not vetted – please do your own research before opting to use a remedy that some guy on the internet said worked for him. Also, feel free to double check my conclusions, too. If you disagree, cite your sources so that we can all learn more about it.
Deet - ARGH!
Has anyone go any tried and true natural recipes?
If you drink coffee, dry out your coffee grounds then put them on a foil covered (or other fire proofed surface) and light like incense. It's supposed to repel them BIG TIME....but I haven't tried it. There are a couple of videos on Youtube like this
Will give it a whirl when the season starts. I kind like the idea - could be worse smell than coffee
In wondering the usefulness of such a creature as the mosquito, someone told me they pollinate the cocoa plant! This could be an urban rumor tho!
I use a mix of citronella and patchouli essential oil in a carrier such as sweet almond. Keep some in my handbag and my car and it works well for me so I don't know why they say essential oils don't.
And I spent many years living on bush blocks or by the mangroves in Northland, and working on farms so plenty of mosquito experience. Without bug screens and mozzie nets I would be perforated 9 months a year but the citronella mix works when I'm out in it.
Can't use any of the toxic crap suggested in this article including citronella coils due to hypersensitivity to chemicals, some weird suggestions there...Deet! No freakin way!
I like Vinyl Ladys burning coffee ground idea, yummy can smell it already...might have to get some coffee essential oil and give it a go too :-)
I know right - I had a snicker when I posted the article but thought there was enough info in it worthy of note - like the info on citronella coils... and then I had hoped someone from the ConTrail might give me some real advice.