Mosquitoes and other biting insects can make an outdoor outing miserable and some can carry deadly diseases and viruses.
Here is a bug repellent that works to deter these annoying pests.
by Leon Pantenburg
Disclaimer: Bug Soother supplied the product for this post. I was not paid to write this review, and there is no sponsorship relationship between the company and Survival Common Sense.
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho: The mosquitoes were eating us alive, and altitude didn’t make a difference. My hiking partner, John Nerness of Los Gatos, California and I were at 10,000 feet, and the cooler temperatures didn’t slow down the bugs. The mosquitoes attacked relentlessly, the bug repellent didn’t work long and the only relief was inside the tent. Our vacations were not fun. After three days of mosquito hell, we left Idaho. We drove overnight to the Unitas Mountains in Utah, and finished our backpacking trip in a more hospitable area.
Mosquito repellent is a big deal where I live in Mississippi. If you go fishing or do outdoor activities in my state, you’ll fight mosquitoes and gnats about nine months of the year. I’ve tried many of the mosquito repellents on the market, and most of them don’t work that well for me. I can sweat off just about any repellent inside of a couple hours. Subsequently, I usually wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and carry a head net when stinging bugs are possible.
It’s not just about the aggravation – mosquitoes spread diseases that include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue and malaria. This causes me a lot of concern – my daughter is finishing her master’s degree in international environmental policy at Middlebury Institute in Monterey, Ca. She will be doing a month-long internship in Honduras in January, and mosquitoes down there carry Malaria, Dengue Fever and Zika. She will be getting some Bug Soother to take along.
Bug Soother has worked better for me than any other repellent I’ve tried lately. I went squirrel hunting deep in Campbell Swamp in Warren County the third week in October. The day started cool, but by mid-afternoon is was hot and muggy and the mosquitoes swarmed. I applied Bug Soother twice, and it kept the nasty bitey insects away. I also applied Bug Soother at the Mississippi Celtic Festival in Brandon, MS last week, and was not bothered by mosquitoes and gnats at all.
Bug soother comes in a pump spray bottle, and the bottle is sized just right to fit in a pocket. It is Deet®-free, smells pretty good and is made in the USA. The ingredients are all natural and include Lemongrass Oil, Water, Glycerin, Castor Oil, Vitamin E. Other inert ingredients are Vanillin and Soya Lecithin. The company claims the bug-repellent ingredients are “that you can pronounce” and are are skin nourishing.
So I like Bug Soother and will be using it more as hunting season approaches.
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