I’ve been thinking about this West African story I used to listen to on tape as a child, where the storyteller said the title in a high-pitched, lilting voice: WHY do mosquitoes BUZZ in people’s EARS?
Why? Because every night when I’m trying to fall asleep, I have a visit from this persistent mosquito. And it’s only May!
I’ve been starting some research on alternatives to DEET and other toxic bug repellents. (I provided the link to DEET on wikipedia, but there are many online resources about the relative safety or non-safety of DEET, and how to use it properly.)
Last summer, I found Starfish Oils’ “[no mosquito] aromatherapy body spray” to work pretty well, but I know mosquitoes attack some people much more voraciously than others, and I probably fall somewhere in the middle. I also found an interesting article on NaturoDoc about natural ways to deal with bug and a recipe for making your own repellent for the DIY inclined.
For those of us with outdoor space, there’s some intriguing options for planting plants that repel mosquitoes. According to this article I found from Iowa State University, lemon thyme is highly unpopular with mosquitoes, almost twice as much as citrosa plants. Also, this article for EarthEasy suggests planting marigolds and making sure not to leave any standing water around.