We are back from Costa Rica, and the last of my mosquito bites is fading. Mosquitos love me. I’ve been fighting them off my whole life. I have three fantastic mosquito-fighting tactics that work, and for the first half of our trip I had maybe two bites. After we left the jungle and got to the beach resort, I thought my mosquito-fighting days were over. I was wrong. I was eaten alive on the beach, but even more so at dinner! The restaurants were all open-air, and I was the mosquito buffet.
Summer is in full swing, the mosquitos are out in force at home, too, and I don’t want to poison myself or my family with DEET-based products. I know how to protect myself and my family, and I don’t plan to spend the rest of my summer scratching madly.
Cover thyself. I know it is so, so, so, so hot, and depending on where you live, so very humid. No one wants to wear a lot of clothes, but the truth is, light, breathable clothes can protect you from mosquitos and the sun. There are some especially hungry ones that will bite through clothing, but most go for bare skin.
Keep the air flowing. Mosquitos won’t fly in moving air, so ceiling fans are an excellent mosquito repellent. We installed ceiling fans on our deck and our front porch to keep all bugs away. Even though our hotel rooms were air conditioned in Costa Rica, we also turned on the ceiling fans to keep the air moving at all times, and the mosquitos grounded.
Use a natural mosquito repellent. On our trip we tried DoTerra Terrashield for the first time, and it worked amazingly well. I am signed up with DoTerra so I can buy their products wholesale. It’s 100% worth it to sign up and get the discount. It’s like buying a Costco membership, and it’s only $25 a year. I’m not an expert on oils, but I do have my favorites that I keep on hand, and this is officially one of them. I did find it here if you don’t want to bother with the membership. The best part? It doesn’t stink! It has a very pleasant smell, and it’s not strong. I buy the spray bottles because it’s so much easier to apply than the dropper bottles.
For my kids I used one spray per arm and rubbed it in. On the calves one spray front and back and rubbed it in. I sprayed the back of the neck and chest, and then with what was leftover I patted their faces. On adults we doubled the sprays on arms and legs. To be honest, we didn’t have to use a ton because we followed tip number one and wore lightweight, breathable long pants and shirts with at least a short sleeve.
I also recently saw this natural mosquito repellent that I’m going to try. It gets great reviews and seems to accomplish the same thing. It’s also less expensive and easy to buy. I haven’t actually tried it, but I wanted to include it as an option since it’s so inexpensive.
If your clothes are on the thin side, spray your skin under the clothes as well to protect yourself.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have any natural mosquito-fighting tricks? Share in the comments so we can all stay bite-free!