Mosquitos, mozzies, skeeters- call them what you like they are irritating and infuriating.
Japan has loads! Which unfortunately makes going outdoors in the summer months rather unpleasant if you’re not adequately prepared.
‘E’ is the most popular person on the menu. I don’t know what it is that makes the mozzies flock to her, but if anyone is going to be bitten it’s her. So besides using my daughter as live bait, what else do I use to protect us from the blighters? (I am kidding about the live bait bit.)
- Mosquito repellent. Pick your favourite. These three have come from three different countries. The blue one is our favourite at the moment as it is a light mist, so it doesn’t go on all sticky. A definite plus, when the days start out at 24deg and we haven’t even reached the hottest part yet.
- Stickers. These are a great Japanese (so I believe) invention. The stickers are infused with citronella oil, and can be stuck onto the skin, or clothes or objects. This makes them wonderful for babies, toddlers and eczema suffered who can’t use the sprays and creams.
- Bracelets. Like the stickers, these silicone bands have been infused with a strong smelling substance. If stored in an air tight container, they can last for about a month.
- Wipes. These wet wipes are infused with a smelling substance. Thankfully not quite as strong as the bands and stickers, yet they do seem to still do the trick. (Would not recommend putting the stickers and bracelets on indoors or confined space!)
- Electric repellents. A Japanese friend sourced these for me, after I as admiring them on her strollers. Like their plug-in relatives, the repellents have an infused disk, which slots into position. When turned on, the disk is warmed and the smell released. These ones are battery operated, and can be worn round the wrist, ankle (as long as you don’t mind looking like you’re under house arrest), attached to a belt or a stroller, outdoor chair or such like.
So those are my five favourite forms of mosquito repellent. There are other products available such as the plug in repellent, the pungent coils, citronella candles or natural method eg homemade repellent, garlic spray or such like. The coils are often burnt on verandas of restaurants, homes or when a person is working outdoors.
But what to do when the Mosquito No-Quito?
Why just head out and buy some anti-itch lotion. It might sting like mad, but it does get rid of the itch!