Re: Mosquitoes and other biting insects
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I’ve had moderate success with the geranium oil wrist bands against the tiger mosquitos in Brooklyn, NY. I have not tried them up here though. The mosquitos are so bad from tropical storm Irene that even my cat is covered in bites. He chews at them and ends up covered in scabs, so he looks like he has been in a fight…
For the past few days my family (minus the cat) has been using the EcoSmart brand organic insect repellent. It is 1% geranium oil plus some other repellent oils. It seems to work OK- I definitely get less bites when I wear it versus nothing.
The wrist bands work best for an activity like gardening when you are moving around a lot, otherwise they seem to just protect your hands and wrists. The mosquitos are so bad I think it would be worth trying to garden in a hat with mosquito netting. I think I will rig something like that up this weekend.