I've decided to do the NaBloPomo thing for the month of June. Yes, I must be insane, but I'm really trying to blog every day, so bear with me, okay?
About a week ago Mr. Snoots was at Sam's Club shopping for me (love that man!) and came across a relatively new item for people like me, who are constantly plagued with the itching pain of Mosquito bites. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know what a huge magnet I am for mosquitoes. My blood is the nectar they long for. I once had more than 60 bites all over my body, at one time. So, he finds this dandy little new invention and brings it home to me. I get all all excited, thinking that I might finally have something I don't actually have to apply to my skin. Wrong. Oh. So. Wrong.
Last night I was on the patio watering plants and bird watching, wearing my new "OFF" protector and received several new mosquito bites. There wasn't even a breath of wind. So, I'm telling you now DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Another interesting thing is that when doing a Google search, I found the same product available through different web sites that has a wide range of prices. For instance, Amazon offers the starter pack for $10.00 plus S/H (one seller even offering it with 4 refills for $24.15!), Cabela's offers the starter pack for $6.99 plus S/H, Overstock Drugstore offers the starter pack for $9.30 plus S/H and refills (2 per pack) for $3.99. You must also keep in mind that it runs on two AA batteries, which, of course, increases the cost even more.
Personally, I think companies like Johnson & Johnson do their testing on anyone they can get to do it. What they need is people like me, who have the body chemistry that attracts the little demons. Mr. Snoots can be outside with me when I receive the vampire like bites, and he never gets a thing. Do you see? We have different body chemistry and I'm the one they go for.
I absolutely refuse to spend another summer either covered in clothing or covered in Deetz, which would mean I'd be spending the entire summer indoors. Since that's not going to happen, I guess it's back to the 98.11% Deets that is in OFF! Deep Woods Sportsmen Insect Repellent. That can't be a good thing, can it?
Honestly, when I play golf I don't have to worry about mosquitoes because of all the Martins that eat mosquitoes. They have dozens of Martin Houses all over the golf course and lots of still bodies of water, which is normally a huge breeding ground the tiny devils. Apparently, no one in my neighborhood has a Martin House.
As for treating the bites once you get them, I've found nothing sold over-the-counter or from prescription, that works....
Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream only relieves the itching for a couple of minutes, then the painful itching returns. Scratch that.
Benadryl doesn't work either. Yes, it does relieve the itching pain for a few moments but then you have to reapply.
Coastal Solutions, Inc. has a product called Bite Blaster. I couldn't feel any relief with this product although they claim it has Aloe Vera in it.
I tried another product called "Chigard" which is made by a Dallas company called The Colgin Companies. Perhaps it works swimmingly on chigger bites but it doesn't do diddly for mosquito bites.
The entire industry is a racket, I tell you! The only thing I've ever found (and never makes a claim that its product works best) is the good old Aloe Vera plant. It is Mother Nature's best healing agent and I carry a stalk in a plastic zip-lock baggie wherever I go....
Honestly, it more important than make-up....