This week I was on the soccer field and I felt the dreaded sting of a mosquito bite. It’s officially fall! How can these little critters still be out? When I was a child every year on the first day of school my peers and teachers would ask me I had chicken pox over the summer. Every year my answer was this: “No, those are mosquito bites.” To this day, if I walk outdoors in the evening those dang critters find me for their evening feast, and sadly my nine-year-old daughter is the same way. As for my husband and son, mosquitos use them as landing ports – bite free – before attacking us girls.
I recently came across an article called 31 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes. Excellent! I’m hitting Home Depot next spring. Lavender, lemon balm and pineapple weed make the list but there’s one problem, when I’m outdoors and when I travel it’s unlikely I will be carrying my pot of basil around with me. What is a walking, talking, breathing mosquito buffet to do?
Update: DEET is recommended for avoiding Mosquito Borne Viruses. This post was written before the dangers of Zika Virus were publicly known so you will get some alternative options. It’s true that I’ve never been a big fan of chemicals, especially when it comes to spraying them on my children with the chance of them inhaling the spray, but sometimes it’s a must when dealing with Mosquito Borne Viruses. Experts says DEET is your best choice for staying healthy. This following ad/products is an example/option:
Back to the original post: My daughter and I have been battling mosquitoes all summer but we’ve also been testing products to see what works. Luckily for us, anytime we’ve used the following products we haven’t attracted any bites. Maybe you will have the same luck. Here is what we recommend from firsthand experience on how to prevent mosquito bites:
Skin application. I fell in love with the Dr. Fedorenko True Organic Repel Bug Stick this summer months since the warm weather brings fewer clothes and more skin exposed and accessible for bugs to bite. This earthy-smelling stick isn’t cheap ($30) but is is completely organic – no chemicals, alcohol, or DEET and it is not petroleum based. It only takes one application of this deodorant-like stick for total protection from biting insects. My daughter loved this, too. We could walk, run, or bike around the lake bite free!
Clothes. Clothingbrands such as White Sierra have a line made with Insect Shield, a bug repellent. Not only do these clothes made insects bug-off, they’re cute and fashionable and come in a variety of styles from shirts to sweatshirts to pants and scarves. White Sierra clothes are perfect for evening block parties, concerts in park, or any other evening activity. I have this cute Bug Free Gauze Tunic Shirt and love it.
Hats. Hiking in certain regions, especially in a rainforest, can wreak havoc for the mosquito prone. Heck, even my head and face have been attacked. No Fly Zone hats will protect your head from sun and bugs. The Stetson hats with No Fly Zone (ARV $30-35). come in a classic Kaki color and several styles (sizes M, L, XL). Plus, you might feel kind of Indiana Jones-ish. A mosquito bite-free Indiana Jones, that is.
Light. The Thermacell Camp Lantern saves the day, or night rather, when you’re outdoors camping or even hanging out on your home deck. The lantern provides 50 hours of light on highest setting. I appreciate that it is water resistant if left outdoors. The mosquito repellent feature worked by creating a 15 ft. x 15 ft. zone of protection from biting pests in minutes by using a 12-hour Thermacell butane cartridge. The repellent is a synthetic copy of the natural repellent found in chrysanthemums. The best part: it is virtually odorless, silent and there is no open flame. This is now a staple on our back deck. I will also be toting this on our Girl Scout camping trip next summer.
Thank you to these brands for sending me samples to try and protecting my daughter and I from our sworn enemy – the mosquito. This article includes affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission if you click the links and/or make a purchase.