Oh man, my little ones and I have been eaten alive this summer by mosquitoes. It's horrible. We move all the way from the Pacific Northwest to the east coast and now in summer when you want to be out in the garden every day.... man, the mosquitoes have been horrendous. All day, not just morning and night. No standing water around here either. Honestly I want to move back to the west coast even though I really like it here. You come in from the garden caked with slimy insect repellant. Bleh! I tried a whole lot of natural bug sprays, citronella based etc and none have worked for us. Quantum Buzz Away, Burt's Bees Insect Repellant, Bite Blocker, Herbal Armor ... nothing has worked.
The only natural type mosquito repellant that seems to work to some extent for us is this little known stuff... Mosquito Defense lotion bar by Sleepy Hollow Farm that contains neem, tea tree, eucalyptus - amongst other things. Maybe this is the key. Is tea tree, eucalyptus or neem particularly effective? How about catnip? Maybe I should try that.
In the meantime, I switch between the mosquito defense bar and Avon Skin So Soft with Picaridin. The skin so soft when I want to be outside for a while. Gosh, as much as we'd like too I can't imagine camping around here with mosquitoes and my little ones ...
Edited by spiritofthings - 8/28/12 at 4:34am