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!