DEET-Free Skeeter Repellents


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DEET is dangerous. But how do we get mosquitoes to bugger off without this proven repellent? My family, neighbors and friends tested a number of repellents over the last few weeks… I’ll get to the ones that worked in a minute.

But first, I wanted to share with you what I heard from Dr. Kimberly Beauchamp, a Naturopathic Doctor from RI: “DEET has the potential to cause numerous adverse effects on the environment and in humans.” Continue reading

Mosquito Predators


iStock_dragonflyA few years ago, I read that bats love mosquitoes. Convinced–willing to try anything to avoid spraying myself with toxic, bad-smelling DEET–I purchased a couple of bat houses online (according the website, two houses is the magic number). My husband climbed up a ladder, precariously stood upon the top rung and hung the houses onto trees (the instructions were very specific as to how high to hang the Continue reading

Natural Chemical-Free Mosquito Prevention


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Are you doing everything possible to reduce mosquito breeding?

If you’re not sure, here’s a checklist:

  • Remove, turn over, or cover any container that can hold water, such as tin cans, buckets, ceramic pots, plastic covers, and toys.
  • Store unused tires inside a garage or shed, or drill drainage holes in them. Continue reading

Plants That Deter — Even Eat — Mosquitoes


catnip

catnip

Believe it or not… there are plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. No chemicals required! Continue reading

Warning: Fending Off Mosquitoes May be Harmful to Your Health


feasting mosquito

feasting mosquito

Mosquito season is in full swing and, as a non-fan of bad smelling and potentially toxic commercial skeeter-repelling products, I’ve found myself, along with my family, hiding indoors at dusk. Peak feasting hours. We live in a heavily wooded neighborhood with streams and ponds. A mosquito’s dream world. Continue reading

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