By Monique Barrett Published on Trazee Travel Don’t spend your next vacation in the tropics scratching; save yourself from the pain and hassle of bug bites with Mosquitno Bands, non-toxic wristbands that keep bugs at bay. The product is an all-natural alternative to unpleasant-smelling bug sprays that contain chemicals and leave residue on your skin and clothes. Made of silicone rubber with 100 percent citronella oil, Mosquitno Bandz contain enough citronella to repel bugs from children and adults for up to 150 hours (or a six-day vacation) and is DEET free. The insect repellant keeps away all kinds of pesky bugs, including mosquitoes, flies, gnats and no-see-ums, ensuring your next adventure outside exploring, camping, enjoying a concert, boating and barbequing will be bug-free. Made of silicone, the wristbands are also waterproof, allowing wearers to take a dip and work up a sweat without having to worry about becoming the recipient of nasty bug bites after getting out of the water and drying off. Mosquitno Bandz are available in both adult and children’s sizes in 12 bright colors, including glow-in-the-dark, camouflage and tie-dye. Prices for one band start from $3.99, while five-band value packs cost $17.99. Each package is resealable to preserve effectiveness.
By Brooke Wilson Published at St. Joseph News-Press Nothing ruins a nice summer day more than a swarm of bugs attacking your skin. Time to break out the bug spray again, right? If you’re like me, then maybe not. I can’t stand the smell or feeling of greasy, stinky bug spray, so I usually forgo it. It seems like I get bitten whether I wear it or not anyway. Surely there has got to be a better solution than letting the mosquitoes win, though. Mosquitno Bandz actually do offer an intriguing alternative. The stretchy rubber bracelets are infused with natural citronella oil. Just like pests are put off by the scent of citronella candles and torches, these bands offer wearable protection that doesn’t come in spray form. The bands don’t last forever, as the scent dissipates after 150 hours of use, or about six days. A smaller version called Mosquitno Spotz, which you can stick to hats, shoes and clothes, lasts about three days. However, the bands can go back into their resealable packages when you aren’t wearing them. I immediately noticed how strong the bracelet smelled when I put it on, enough that it lingers for a couple hours after you take it off. That scent is what repels bugs and mosquitoes, though. I actually like the smell of citronella, so the scent didn’t bother me, but it might be a little intense for some people. To be honest, it was difficult to compare the effectiveness of Mosquitno Bandz to standard bug spray. I wore them while walking the dogs and doing yard work, two activities that are bound to involve insects at some point whether you have protection or not. I have a few bites on my arms, but nothing major. I’d like to think that wearing the bracelet helped minimize the amount of bugs that came into contact with me. I also placed a “spot” on my bathroom mirror because mosquitoes always seem to congregate there. I did notice later that they seemed to evacuate the room once it was up. I really enjoyed this product. I think it’s much better than coating yourself in bug spray, especially for kids. They come in several colors and sizes. The Kansas City-based company also encourages you to mail in your used bands so they can recycle the rubber, which is a nice perk. You can find Mosquitno Bandz at mosquitnoband.com for $3.99 each.
Growing up in the deserts of Southern Nevada, or “SoNev” as my terribly awkward high school friends would come to call it once we departed for college, mosquitoes are a non-factor. You’d hear complaints but never really concerned yourself with the art of Mosquito defense, which only took me one summer in Central Texas to realize is a very real thing. Texas summers yield some of the gnarliest mosquitoes I have had the misfortune of encountering, and I am always grateful to have the “Mosquito Magnet” friend in the group at an outdoor event., calling them all away from the rest of us. When the Mosquinto pest repellent products arrived, we were due for an outdoor concert event on a particularly muggy August day. After a short trial, to say the Mosquitno is effective at repelling mosquitoes and pests alike is an understatement! This thing is wickedly potent and extremely effective. So much so that one person wearing a bracelet kept mosquitoes away from our entire group of 6, as well as repelling those of us in the group with particularly strong senses of smell. The powerful citronella scent can be smelt from a good distance away and it absolutely achieves its purpose, although it can be so powerful it stings the nostrils. Mosquitno repellents come in wrist bracelets, ankle bracelets, and circular stickers for hats, backpacks and bags. Key features include: • 3-4 days of lasting effects • Re-sealable bags with up to 17 days of preservation • All natural, non-traffic DEET free • Affordable and usable for the whole family Not being a mosquito magnet myself I relied upon the opinions of my friends and the reviews were great. They much preferred the simple use of the bracelets and stickers to a spray can full of chemicals. If you are looking for a simple repellent solution for the whole family, this is a non-toxic choice that will please. Slip on a bracelet, enjoy the strong scent of citronella and chill out mosquito free.
By Sue Reddel Do you or does someone you know struggle with mosquitos? Looking for something that won’t kill you or the environment? Tired of using chemicals and sticky sprays? We’ve got a suggestion for you. All Natural Protection from Mosquitno. Disclosure: The makers of Mosquitno provided samples of their products for us to test. We were not financially compensated and the opinions expressed here are based our own experience. When we travel one of the first things we check out is: will there be mosquitos? Diana, our fearless co-founder, is highly allergic to mosquitoes. When she gets a bite it becomes a huge welt and if she get several bites – and for some reason she usually gets more than one – she could end up in bed for several days feeling sick and painfully itchy. There’s something called “Skeeter Syndrome” for those who have severe allergic reactions to mosquito bites and we’re pretty sure that describes her. Of course, another reason to stay away from mosquitoes is the numerous diseases they carry. Even if you’re not allergic to them, avoiding mosquito bites is just a good idea. So far the only thing that has worked reliably for us has been insect repellant that contains DEET. Like many of you, we don’t relish using these type of chemical products. They’re not great for the environment and the jury is out as to whether they are trouble for humans too. When we heard about Mosquitno we had to give them a try. Mosquitno sells all-natural citronella infused wristbands that repel mosquitoes, flies gnats and the pesky no-see-ums. The bands last for 6 days or 150 hours of exposure. Just put them back into their handy resealable package to retain its effectiveness when you’re not using it. The Mosquitno bands are non-toxic, DEET-free and waterproof. Perfect for all your outdoor activities. They available in 12 colors including a fun tie-dye version. I tried the braided band on my ankle while working around the yard and on my daily walks, and it really kept the mosquitoes away from me. No bites in 10 times of use, so I’m pretty happy about that. Mosquitno bands are available online and at many retail locations. QUICK BITE: If you want to keep the bugs from biting you in a way that’s safe for you and the environment try all-natural protection from Mosquitno bands.
By Karen Schaler On my Travel Therapy TV shoots I’m often going to these amazing destinations from tropical paradises to wooded wonders but there’s an ongoing challenge I face, mosquitoes… who just happen to love to bite me. My friends that are with me that don’t get attacked try and humor me by saying it’s because I’m so “sweet”. Yet, I don’t laugh because besides the usual pain in the…wherever they bite, I’m also allergic, so any bite becomes a REAL pain, not to mention the ugly huge welts. My usual course of action, that I don’t love, is to douse myself from morning to night in the strongest bug spray I can find. Of course all natural bug sprays have never worked, so my only choice has been the hard core spray filled with all those chemicals I’d rather avoid. But, I tell myself what’s worse, the spray or the allergy and agony, so I’ve gone with the spray. So I was excited when the folks at Mosquitno reached out asking if I wanted to try their new innovative all natural repellent solutions. Sure, I said, I’ll try anything and I was heading to do some hiking in mosquito country so it was perfect timing. I tried two things Mosquinto has, the citronella infused rubber wrist band ( in some pretty colors) lasting up to six days or 150 hours and these really cool re-usable citronella infused stickers called Spotz, six to a pack, that last for three days up to 72-hours. Now the really great part how affordable they are, just $3.99! What I really liked about the stickers was that I could put them by my ankles where the pesky mosquitoes always seem to have a great time biting me or other specific places to have that extra protection close by. Did they work? I didn’t get bit that day so I would say it was a success! The only thing I would suggest is that once you get back in the car or inside away from the mosquitoes , you might want to take the bracelet and stickers off, as the smell can get very strong. Of course that’s the smell that’s keeping the mosquitoes away so it’s a good thing…but if you’re inside and don’t need the protection take them off and save them for another time. I still want to try them out again when I know there are a lot of mosquitoes around when I go to some of my Caribbean destinations as that will be the true test but I have high hopes that I’ve found an affordable, healthier solution to fighting my mosquito problem. Kudos to Mosquitno for coming up with another alternative to try!