Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Time = Skeeter Time

Our Tennessee summer so far is unseasonably rainy and with the temperatures rising, it is pretty much like a steam bath outdoors.  Unfortunately we have a new pest to contend with, the Asian tiger mosquito, who is just as bad during daylight as other mosquitoes are after dark.  Fortunately, I’ve learned not to go outside without my trusty Skeeter Beater. 

There are times it is not practical to use the gel or oil, such as running in and out with the dogs for potty breaks.  For this purpose, I make a spray from our synergy base and leave it beside my back door.  That way I can quickly spritz myself and the dogs before going out.

All you need is our Skeeter Beater synergy, a PET plastic 4 oz cobalt bottle with atomizer, distilled water, and a capful of witch hazel or alcohol (preferably high proof Vodka or Everclear, if available.)  First add the alcohol or witch hazel to the bottle, then add the synergy. I usually count out between 60 and 75 drops (three to three and a half mls.) Cover and shake to blend.  Then add the water and shake it up a bit   Now you are ready for spraying.  You will notice the oils may rise to the top, so it is necessary to shake it before each use.  I don’t recommend this for a long day outdoors or a hike.  I would use the oil or gel.  But if you are just running in and out with the dogs or watering plants, it is an ideal solution.
 These Asian tiger mosquitoes apparently were introduced to the United States around 1985 inside tire imports and have spread mainly across the Southeast.  You will notice they look like regular mosquitoes except they are slightly bigger and have a prominent white stripe pattern over the black.  I’ve found them to be aggressive, as I normally don’t attract mosquitoes.  These little buggers charge right at me! 

I’ve been amazed how the Skeeter spray totally keeps them away.  Mosquitoes love my mother and she came over and wanted to go out with the dogs, so I sprayed her everywhere (except her hairline/neck).  She only had one bite and yes, it was at the back of her neck, the only unprotected area.  She was amazed and asked me to blend some for her as well.

Besides being pests, this particular species of mosquito is a known carrier of West Nile virus, and as it has been found in my area this summer, I also want the extra layer of protection Skeeter Beater provides.  Many ask about making a spray, so I wanted to share my method and experience with using it successfully.

Marge’s comment: SkeeterBeater seems to repel chiggers, as well, so spritzing your ankles before going out on the grass can help prevent a LOT of misery. 

1 comment:

Quyen said...

This is fantastic!