Saved By A Little Patch!

I don't know about you, but one thing I really hate is mosquitos and any other bugs that choose to bite me and leave my skin really itchy.

mosquito bites

I love summer, I love the outdoors, I love picnics in the park,  I love to go camping by the lake, even rolling in the grass. I love almost all living organisms, unless they insist on sucking my blood, and giving me awful diseases. 

I tried those mosquito repellent sprays. Some don't smell so good, and I don't know if they are really safe on my skin or not. Some seem more gentle on skin but I'm not so sure about their effectiveness. Some experts say using mosquito repellent with sunscreen can lead to 30% reduction in SPF, and sunscreen enhance absorption of DEET into the skin, which can potentially increase toxicity, especially in children. Ahhhhhh!!  And are you supposed to put on sunscreen before mosquito repellent or after? You should definitely re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours, but insect repellents every 2-6 hours depending on the concentration...Just too confusing for me. 

mosquito repellent patches

Then I found these little mosquito repellent patches. They seem a lot safer because you just stick them on your shirt, or shorts, or socks, so no contact with your skin. You can even stick them on the baby stroller or your backpack. They are made from all natural ingredients, plant based essential oils like Citronella, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender, which smell really good to me but bugs really hate. They are DEET free, contain no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides.

ingredients in mosquito repellent patches

Best of all, they really work! I always put 2 patches on my son whenever he goes to play in the park, one on his shirt and one on his shorts. If we go to the woods, I'll put one more on his sock. 

Last week when we went camping, we saw a lot of ants and other bugs on the ground, and got a little worried at first. Then I just stuck a bunch of these bug repellent patches all over the tent inside and out, bugs did not come near us.  It was great! Felt really safe!

The only thing you should remember is to remove them from your clothing before putting them into the washer. If you leave them on to wash, they might leave a stain or mark, though that hasn't happened to me yet. 


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