This time of year I usually have at least a few mosquito bites on my legs, arms and feet. Heck, last week, I even had a mosquito bite on the inside of my belly button. What kind of a skeeter bites people there?! A mean one, apparently. Seeing that I’m not a fan of chemicals and all, I generally stay away from the mosquito-repellent sprays. I just really don’t like spraying that stuff on my skin (remember? I’m sensitive like a flower)—even if that means I have unsightly bites on my pale legs. But then we had the chance to try ThermaCELL’s new lantern. Begone bugs!
Said to be 98 percent effective at warding off mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-ums and other biting insects, it pretty much ensures that whatever outdoor activity you’re doing (grilling, playing yard games, drinking wine, camping), you can do without any mosquito buddies bugging you. (Bugging? Get it. Har! Har!) I tried both the Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern and the smaller and more portable Mosquito Repellent Appliance (it doesn’t weigh much, so you could easily take it camping or even backpacking if in a mosquito-bite-high-risk zone) and was pleasantly surprised at how effective they both were. No smell. No sound. No DEET. No spray. Just hours of mosquito-free time in my backyard—and my backyard always has mosquitoes.
So how do they work? According to the company, they have a single butane cartridge, which heats a repellent mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers, into the air, giving you 15-square-feet of no-bugginess. Each repellent mat lasts for up to four hours and each butane cartridge provides up to 12 hours of coverage. Then, for the lantern, you need three AAA batteries to power the light.
It may not be 100 percent natural—there are all kinds of warnings on the thing to not inhale—but if mosquitoes are keeping you inside and away from some of the outdoor exercises and activities you love, this is totally worth a try. The lantern is simple but has a good design that looks great on a patio for just about $25. And the portable device is less than $20 and a total lifesaver for camping trips in buggy areas. If you love to be outdoors but hate the mosquito bites that come with it like I do, this is totally worth the reasonable price tag!
Tell us, do you love to be outdoors and active in summer? Do the mosquitoes seem to love you, too? How do you get relief? Will you try this? —Jenn