What’s the best for – Summer Ankle Biters?

Summer Ankle Biters

I’m not talking about chihuahuas, I’m talking about mosquitoes!

Everybody hates them and we’re always finding some kind of creams, gels, and sprays to keep them away.

Candles? Please… If you’re not drenched in citronella and on fire with your hair as the wick, they don’t tend to work as advertised.

So, what does work?  We read the labels and try to figure out what DEET is and just what exactly are the “other active ingredients” these labels mention.

With kids, toddlers, and MY sensitive skin, I just can’t spray on anything and feel safe from biters OR the chemicals.

Here’s some examples:

Cutter® Sport Insect Repellent (Aerosol) includes DEET

OFF!® FamilyCare Insect Repellent I also includes DEET

Some people have an issue with DEET as it stinks to high heaven and some people are allergic, not to mention dangerous side effects that many people link to the use of DEET!  So what is a safe alternative?

Remember that old lady that used to come see your Mom every few weeks and they’d sit in the kitchen forever pouring over a little catalog?  Yeah, that’s right.

Avon has come out with some biter repellent!  I’m serious.  There is the old stand-by,
Skin So Soft Original

But check out the new sprays! – Picaridin is an alternative to stinky DEET and smells pretty good.
DEET FREE Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Aerosol Spray

If you want a little SPF to go with your bug free fun, try
DEET FREE Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Pump Spray

BENEFITS of these sprays:
• Provides effective protection against gnats, mosquitoes, deer ticks, no-seeums, sand flies, and biting midges
• Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus
• Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease
• DEET-free
• Hypoallergenic
• Dermatologist tested

Another benefit, it is gear and clothing safe.

For more information on Picaridin vs. DEET click here.


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