Hail To The Chief: More Options To Avoid Those Pesky Bites

James Zahara Weather Blog

Recently, I placed on my blog the ultimate mosquito trap for the outdoors.  If you are looking for additional protection, then I have a couple of options which may surprise you. We’re all familiar to the many mosquito sprays out there over the counter.  However, most may even agree that it just isn’t enough. Here’s solution 1.

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Absorbine Jr.  Yes, its over the counter but folks, this freakin’ works!  If you’re not familiar with Absorbine Jr. its a pain reliever designed to help aching muscles and joints.  However, it has become popular in the several years as an alternative mosquito and gnat repellent.  Whenever I have to work in the yard or play a round of golf I use this stuff religiously.  No need to layer it throughout your entire body; just a few spots.  Dot some on your arms and legs, even on the back of your neck. Thats it!  Any complaints?  Yep.  The only complaint I’ve heard about Absorbine Jr. is the lack of supply.  One morning, I went to pay for a bottle when the cashier at the counter started laughing. ‘Whats so funny?’, I asked.  She said thats the 30th bottle she sold in the past few hours. Wow!!

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Solution 2.  Another option which is even cheaper is vanilla extract.  Yep.  The cheap stuff works.  You can put plain vanilla extract on your skin, either the real stuff or the artificial; it all works the same.  Rub it on exposed areas of your skin or dot it on certain spots like before. If the smell is too harsh, then try making your own bug spray.  Simply add a few drops of vanilla extract to a small spray bottle of water.  Play around with it and see what works for you.  I’ve heard about 6 drops of vanilla extract per 8 ounces of water will do the job, then spray on all areas of your exposed body.

Hopefully, you’ll win the fight against those pesky gnats and mosquitos this year.

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