Two Cool Products to Beat Mosquitoes

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Nobody likes mosquitoes – that’s why we have Mosquito Awareness Week.

If you’ve had enough of mosquitoes and you’re not gonna take ‘em anymore, you’re not alone: The United States is square in the middle of Mosquito Control Week.

For my part, I rarely worry about mosquitoes since I live in the Phoenix area. But even a dry climate isn’t complete protection – our numerous artificial lakes provide some hotspots for getting stung. And every sting increases your odds of being among the 2,469 cases of West Nile virus reported to the Center for Disease Control last year. And that doesn’t include the latest threat – chikungunya, a mosquito-born illness that originated in the Caribbean. Its effects include severe joint pain that can make walking or even just shaking hands painful. Chikungunya can also cause numbness in the tongue when you attempt to say it aloud.

My problem is that I hate applying bug sprays. So what’s a guy like me to do? Well, I can think of at least two products that give you a non-smelly solution to mosquitoes that won’t make you feel gross.

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The Mosquitno Bands are a new and natural weapon against mosquitos.

The Anti-Mosquito Wristband

The latest is Mosquitno Bands bracelet. Think of it as one of those charity bracelets, but with the power to keep mozzies, as the Australians call them, far away. They’re non-toxic, and citronella is the ingredient that keeps the pests away. You can get one in a variety of colors for $3.99. Each one should provide six days of protection.

I haven’t had the chance to test it. But at that price? It’s worth rolling the dice without me telling you that it works. Grab a bunch for your next trip to the tropics -- or the Chicago suburbs, for that matter. If anyone asks what charity it supports, tell them the Mosquito Control Week Awareness League. (In all seriousness, Mosquitno supports UNICEF to help kids worldwide who are affected by mosquito-born illnesses.) They’re also available in a sticker form called Mosquitno Spotz.)

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Checking out the Insect Shield clothing – plus a pair of soon-to-be-broken-in boots!

Here’s something else that I really like: You can return your used Mosquitno Bands to the company for recycling. They’ll send you two new Mosquitno Bands for every 10 used bands your return.

Mosquito-Repellent Clothes

Before my trip to Vietnam, Insect Shield got a hold of me for a product review. They sent some socks, a shirt, a hat and a bandanna my way. I figured Vietnam would be a good test for anti-pest clothes.

I saved the socks in particular for a three-day hiking trip in the highlands near the Chinese border. Three days of romping around in rice paddies in a damp climate – and not a single mosquito bite. Oddly enough, though, Vietnam wasn’t as swarming-with-bitey-things as I expected. Also important is that the Insect Shield socks are a legit pair of hiking socks that felt nearly as good as my Darn Tough socks.

Insect Shield makes just about every possible type of clothing, far more than I would’ve guesses. Its insect-repellent properties are designed to last the life of the clothing.

So there you have it – the best Mosquito Awareness Week news you can get is that you no longer need to coat yourself in DEET. They might be just as effective as living in the desert, minus the 115-degree summer heat!

Insect Shield Gear – Great Holiday Gift Idea

Checking out the Insect Shield clothing – plus a pair of soon-to-be-broken-in boots!

I count myself pretty lucky to be an outdoor-loving character in a place like Arizona. It’s not 100-percent bug-free -- but it’s close. Mosquitos and other hungry critters don’t pop up very much in my dry, desert slice of the world.

But right now, I’m in Vietnam. I had visions of slathering myself in insect repellent  to keep insects from feasting on me. So far, though, I’ve had an
unexpected helper in some Insect Shield clothing – a hat, bandana, shirt and socks.

I’ll soon head out for a three-day hike that will put me in the backcountry. That will give me an ample chance to check it all out. But I’ve already put the insect-repellent socks through their paces. And wouldn’t you know -- no insects munching on me! And they’re also pretty comfortable.

As you’re waiting for my full test, I can already tell you that Insect Shield items would be a great addition to the holiday shopping list for your favorite outdoor fans. My experience has been great with it so far, and I was also impressed to see that Insect Shield technology is also keeping bugs away from other travelers and even people who study insects.

The Insect Shield technology is designed to last the entire lifetime of the clothing – keeping mosquitos, ants, ticks, midges and other such menaces at bay. If that means being able to skip coating yourself in insect-repellent, that’s a gift itself -- and it gets even better since Insect Shield has a pretty wide variety of clothing options. I was surprised to see everything from an Oxford shirt to a Nomex coverall!

So, you still have a few weeks before the Christmas shopping season really gets crazy. Check out the Insect Shield FAQ and find out it can help people on your list banish pests that sting and bite.

Insect Shield provided insect-repellent items for testing and review.

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