Monday, July 7, 2008

Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

We received a lot of rain this spring so now we have a lot of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes fill a variety of niches which nature provides, so they are important to the ecosystem. They have been around for about 100 million years (much longer than pugs) in North America and there are about 2,700 species worldwide. Mosquitoes serve as food sources for a variety of organisms but are not crucial to any predator species.

My mom gives me heartworm medicine every month so that if the mosquitoes bite me I will not get a bad disease. The mosquitoes really don't bother me, but they bother my mom. Unfortunately there isn't a magic pill that will keep mom safe from the wrath of the mosquitoes, but there are several products she can apply to her skin to hopefully keep them at bay. Mom is especially worried about the effects of DEET, so she ordered some DEET-free insect repellents and she will be testing them out this summer. I will let you know the results of her tests later this summer, but for now you can check out these products at

All Terrain - Herbal Armor

This product claims to be time released and sweat resistent. It is also 100% effective for up to 2 hours and is environmentally friendly. The company supports environmental groups.

Active Ingredients: Oil of Citronella (10.0%), Oil of Soybean (5.6%), Oil of Peppermint (2.0%), Oil of Cedar (1.50%), Oil of Lemongrass (1.00%), Oil of Geranium (0.05%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Bees Wax, Bentonite Clay, Vegetable Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Lecithin, Citric Acid

Jason Natural Cosmetics - Quit Bugging Me

This is a company known for their pure, natural, and organic products. Quit Buggin Me claims to keep bugs at bay for up to 3 hours.

Active Ingredients: Soy Bean Oil ((2%)), Geranium ((2%))

Inactive Ingredients: Water Purified, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate

Quantum Health - Buzz Away Extreme

This product claims to provide up to 8 hours of protection. It is sweat proof and waterproof.
It even provides protection from ticks for 2 hours. Mom hates ticks so she has high hopes for this product.

Active Ingredients: Soybean Oil (3.0%), Geranium Oil (6.0%), Castor Oil (8.0%), Cedarwood Oil (1.5%), Citronella Oil (1.0%), Peppermint Oil (0.5%), Lemongrass Oil (0.25%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water Purified, Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Wintergreen Oil

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