Help! Still cleaning up post-tropical storms in my zone 6 garden, I was literally eaten alive by what I thought were mosquitoes dive-bombing my face, the only exposed body part. They continued well into late morning (past normal mosquito feeding time) until I gave up and went indoors. Any tips on repellants that work without killing the wearer, netting?
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.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.