Observing in the summer is like heaven on earth.
In fact, now is one of the best times all year to look at the night sky. I was out last night for four hours wearing shorts, sandals and T-shirt enjoying the weather and the stars. As a Canadian, what a far cry from January when you can feel you’re toes getting numb after only a few hours.
Even though DEET can be an effective mosquito repellent, it can harm your liver. This is not good.
Recently, there have been a few new developments in bug repellant technology.
The Insect Defend Patch http://insectdefendpatch.com/ is one. The patch is applied to a bare spot of your skin before you go out observing or any other outdoor activity. It’s made with Vitamin B1 or thiamine and the manufacturer claims that it’s safe and can protect you from these flying pests for up to 36 hours. They also claim that it’s still effective even if you take a shower or go swimming.
In the good old days, I remember my teacher telling me that some people used to gobble B1 capsules before they went out into the woods to protect them from the bugs. The problem with this method, is that B1 can be flushed out of the body easily and the patch helps with absorption.
Another option is Soyweet Relief Insect Spray. The manufacturer Soy of Life http://www.soyoflife.com/ claims that it’s 100 per cent natural, chemical–free and non-toxic alternative that uses the naturally repelling properties of specific essential oils to stop insects from biting.
One of the essential oils is Catnip Oil, which according to a 2001 Iowa State University College of Agriculture study is 10 times more effective than DEET. The manufacturer also claims that the product can help soothe existing bites, and its antiseptic properties can help prevent infection.
I’ve never tried either of these products. They are probably worth a try if the bugs get too bad. So get out there and enjoy summertime observing despite those nasty pests while you can.
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- What the DEET? Natural Alternatives That Work : Safely Repelling Mosquitoes (Part II) (thewholelifeblog.wordpress.com)
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- John Whyte, M.D., MPH: Does Bug Spray Do More Harm Than Good? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Spicy Herbal Concoction Stops Mosquitoes & Ticks with Hot Peppers & Essential Oils (prweb.com)