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Why Deep Woods Off Replaced My Perfume - Bye Bye Bug Bites

Updated on August 17, 2014

Summer rules.

From the flowers to the hiking, camping, swimming and fun in the sun, there's no better time of year, as far as I am concerned.

This year, the fun has already started and it includes a new best friend for me. My new best friend has become Deep Woods Off. I kid you not. I'm replacing my perfume with this stuff.

Move over Chanel.

Follow along to see why I'm in love with Deep Woods Off.

We've been hiking like you wouldn't believe already this summer. Having recently moved to the edge of the forest, we have a ton of work to do outdoors on top of just wanting to explore the great scenery. It's a blast!

However, we aren't alone in our love of the woods. Ticks and mosquitoes party in these woods like it was Woodstock!

Seriously, I've been camping and hiking for years around Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Never have I seen insects as prevalent and hungry as the ones in Tennessee.

Everything is bigger in Texas is an damnable lie!

Check out the size of the mosquitoes here and you will have to look twice to be sure it isn't a bird, a big bird. It's not just them either.

The ticks could pass for small rodents. It's downright scary.

Since I have no desire to be food for blood sucking, disease carrying insects, Deep Woods Off now goes outside whenever I do. Seriously.

Do you know what attracts these little vampires?

I didn't.

I never really cared until I moved here and became food for bug, so I started checking it out.

I found out perfume and sweat attract both mosquitoes and ticks. Further sadness for me included the fact that they seem to be attracted to paler people. Also, ticks are most prevalent in areas where water and deer abound.

Fun! Three strikes for me.

The war is on, bugs. Bring it!

Mosquito and tick bites can be dangerous on top of itchy, gross and disgusting. Ticks can carry Lime disease and Mosquitoes can spread such lovely maladies as Malaria and West Nile virus. Just the souvenir we all want to bring home from a camping trip or day hike, huh? Not!

Not as bad, but still ranking high on the undesirable list is the potential scarring from bug bites not to mention infection. With children, this is especially bad. We can tell them not to scratch all day long. They often just can't help themselves. I can relate.

To me, it just seems prudent to take preventative measures. When enjoying the great outdoors in more rural areas, there will always be pests to deal with. I've used many a good smelling product, the fancy ones, the ones that promise the moon and smooth skin too but I always come back to what works after they fail me.

These days I'm exclusive to Deep Woods Off for one reason and one reason only; It works!

A few tips for using the product:

  • Don't inhale when spraying.
  • Keep a can in the car in case of being stuck on the road side.
  • Don't spray your face directly. Spray in palm and rub over face.
  • Spray really well around ankles and socks to keep ticks from crawling up your leg :(.
  • It's flammable. Don't spray it near the barbecue or fire pit. Allow clothing to fully dry before these activities.

Protect yourself and your family this summer.

Be it headed to the beach, the woods, the outdoor concert or just fun in the sun in the backyard barbecue, don't forget your last and best line of defense, the Deep Woods Off.

Check out what the experts have to say starting with the CDC.

It doesn't get much more expert than that.

The videos below give information about diseases known to be carried by mosquitoes and ticks and what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.

The second one is great for kids to learn about the life cycle of the organism that causes Malaria. Mosquitoes only spread the disease. They also carry the West Nile virus and other nasty things. The tick related maladies and preventatives round out the video selections.

Check it out.


Image credits; Poetvix.

Battle gear to keep the bugs at bay.

This summer, gear up for battle so you can have fun in the sun, not be food for bug.

Stinger Cordless Rechargable Insect Zapper, Black
Stinger Cordless Rechargable Insect Zapper, Black

I don't have this yet, but I'm so about to. I like it for a few reasons.First, the unit is rechargable and cordless so I can take it with me anywhere I want in the yard.I like the design and the color. The price is right and so is the size. For the yard, barbecues, pool side and just plain old fun outside, this will knock a big dent in the mosquito brigade.

 

Photo Gallery

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Included here are some of my favorite photos taken this summer in the yard, hiking and roaming around in general.  Back yard tree flowers.More backyard tree flowers.Not far off.Sammy cat likes to go exploring too.Woo hanging out in the back.It's a moth but I kid you not he was bigger than my hand.  Can you believe?  And check out the color.  Love it.The forest edge, also known as the front yard.Woo likes to lead me on merry chases through the woods.  She's still learning to come when called ;).Just hanging out.Mushroom found in the side yard.Just screams for a fairy house, huh?
Included here are some of my favorite photos taken this summer in the yard, hiking and roaming around in general.  Back yard tree flowers.
Included here are some of my favorite photos taken this summer in the yard, hiking and roaming around in general. Back yard tree flowers.
More backyard tree flowers.
More backyard tree flowers.
Not far off.
Not far off.
Sammy cat likes to go exploring too.
Sammy cat likes to go exploring too.
Woo hanging out in the back.
Woo hanging out in the back.
It's a moth but I kid you not he was bigger than my hand.  Can you believe?  And check out the color.  Love it.
It's a moth but I kid you not he was bigger than my hand. Can you believe? And check out the color. Love it.
The forest edge, also known as the front yard.
The forest edge, also known as the front yard.
Woo likes to lead me on merry chases through the woods.  She's still learning to come when called ;).
Woo likes to lead me on merry chases through the woods. She's still learning to come when called ;).
Just hanging out.
Just hanging out.
Mushroom found in the side yard.
Mushroom found in the side yard.
Just screams for a fairy house, huh?
Just screams for a fairy house, huh?

What are some of your favorite summer outdoor activities? Anything the bugs like too? Is there anything they don't like?

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @topclimb lm: Thank you for taking the time to read and leave such a cool comment. We've already used it today when we had to go chasing Woo. No bites for us but she decided to try to take on an ant bed. She lost. It's hell being a puppy.

    • topclimb lm profile image

      topclimb lm 

      4 years ago

      I am an outdoor guide, climbing, and have used Off or some product like it for years. I have never heard it explained like this-Great! Thanks for taking the time to create this lens.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Me too. Right now, our biggest battle seems to be with ticks. The Off is keeping them off me much better than the Frontline and collars are for my poor pooches. They are so bad in the woods around here, Woo has gotten to where she comes in and lays on her back to be inspected for ticks. Is she a cool puppy or what?

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      I love hiking and swimming in the summer months. We have a lot of mosquitoes where we live and OFF really helps.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you. "Party crashers", that is so true. Ants too. Every time we try to do a picnic the ants invade. Enjoy your summer and may it be bug free! God bless.

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Hiking and the beach my favourite outdoor activities and the mosquitoes love them as well and come along without my invitation; party crashers :) Nice review!

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