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Keep insects away with Off! Botanicals

Updated on May 5, 2015

Stop mosquitoes from biting

Because I live in Florida, I find that an insect repellent is one hundred percent necessary, there's no question about it.

Although we try to avoid as many chemicals as possible, for many years we used regular Off! - but there was always the concern about chemicals, plus the rather nasty smell.

Mosquitoes are a fact of Florida life during the summer and I'm sure that the same applies in other areas too. The old-style repellant was stinky, but there was simply no alternative.

Natural alternatives

I must have spent hundreds of hours on the internet looking for natural methods of keeping mosquitoes and other bitey-chompy things at bay - ranging from planting marigolds to eating garlic and ... none work.

Inside our apartment we found a great and simple solution - a fan. Mosquitoes like still, calm air so having a fan blasting away gives them serious pause for thought. But what about outside?


There's little point in living in Florida if you're not going to spend time out of doors so that's when the problem really comes along and when the chemicals used to come out. We tried citronella candles and they do work, but smell pretty nasty, which is the last thing you need if you're eating lunch out of doors.

And of course, once you move away from the candles' range, you're susceptible again.

Then we discovered Botanicals

This stuff is excellent. Firstly, it does the job! It's slightly more oily than the regular kind (which always felt rather drying) so it smooths onto the skin beautifully. It contains aloe vera - known to be good for skin care - and the smell is light and fresh. What's more, if you've forgotten to apply it and you do get a bite, it stops the itching immediately.

This is important. Medical experts say that when you have an insect bite, you shouldn't scratch it. But can you resist scratching an itch on your skin? I can't.

Just spray on a little of this product and your bite will stop itching instantly.

Can you keep mosquitoes away naturally?

Over twenty years, I have never found an effective method. I have read so many articles about repelling them using natural methods and not one has worked for me. As I said above, fans in the home will do a great deal to keep most flying insects away from you but sitting in a blast of air all day long isn't practical.

It's true that after time, people do become more accustomed to the bites. Someone who is visiting the area for example, someone who hasn't been exposed to these bites before, could get very inflamed skin surrounding a bite.

But when you're accustomed to it, there can be no visible mark that shows you've been bitten.

The product above is the only practical method I have found that keeps biting insects away but you can help yourself and reduce the risk of being bitten as follows:

  • Do not use perfumes or lotions that contain flowery, sweet scents. The insects are attracted to this
  • Shower regularly - mosquitoes don't like (non-flowery smelling) soaps and they are also attracted by sweat so stay cool
  • Be aware that you can get bitten through your clothes, even through jeans, so don't just apply repellent to exposed flesh
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to, and breed in, standing water. Make sure that there are no areas of standing water (such as rain in a bucket) near your home
  • Eating garlic does have a slight effect so if you love to eat it, feel free

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Off! Botanicals Towelettes - 8 ct
Off! Botanicals Towelettes - 8 ct

We like the spray but my friend Kate swears by these towelettes. This is because she has a toddler and this product can irritate delicate young eyes.

She's reluctant to use a spray in case any gets into her little boy's eyes so these do the job perfectly. Here you see a pack of two boxes (a total of 16 towelettes) which works out to be cheaper than buying them individually.


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TapIn2U: Yes, it works very well. Florida is a good testing-ground :)

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      5 years ago

      Excellent! I believe it's really effective. Sundae ;-)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: No DEET in this product :) And because it has aloe vera, it has the added effect of softening the skin.

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      5 years ago

      Muskoka and Algonquin Park is like the Bermuda Triangle of mosquito attacks (Lensmaster aesta1 will know what I mean). And I think Seth Godin is familiar with Algonquin Park. Definitely want to avoid DEET - esp. around babies and kids.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Lorelei Cohen: I find that we become immune to them at the end of the year. They still bite, but I don't notice or get itchy.But then in spring, there seems to be another strain appears and the biting starts again. I don't know how people managed in times gone by.

    • Lorelei Cohen profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I grew up in northern British Columbia and it was a bit of a joke about the size of the mosquito population living in those woods. They were awful and I cannot imagine what it would be like now. Mosquitoes are definitely something to keep off you!


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