Coming from the Canadian North - zzzzzzzzzzslap capital of vacation land - here is what we have settled with.
We have looked at everything and have settled with two products.
One is an insect repelant made by Watkins - Cream and Spray can available
watkinsonline.com I use a supplier out of Winnipeg MB but Watkins is a USA based company that has been around since the settling days - you know those potion/lotion guys in the wagons that traveled from town to town with tonics
Ingreedients: Deet 28.5% Toluamides 1.5% in a 240ml bottle
If you have to go out during their feeding times dusk to dawn and shady areas and days - with exposed skin then this will work! Like anything else if you get wet or sweat then repeat applications will be necessary.
We live in a forest, beside a marsh - so guess what we have - trillions of them - however we have found a product that is made in the states and has been proven for use in Baseball parks and play areas - it is all natural and REALLY works - if you like garlic this is the product you need for your yards or just to spray a "Barrier" around the area you are working
It is called Mosquito Barrier
Ingreedients Garlic Juice 99.3%
Cirtic Acid .5%
Potassium Sorbate .2%
Here is the contact info on the bottle
Made with care in USA
Garlic Research Labs, Inc.
624 Ruberta Avenue
Glendale, CA 91201-2335
You need a good sprayer and have to be diligent in controlling the population around your house and work areas - after heavy rains the application must be repeated - but it really does work. I have made up a spray bottle that I squirt around the door enterances - and in the bushes around where we sit. Have even sprayed under the trailers where we are working and you can actually see them fly away - and stay at a distance....
coupled with the replelant - our place can be quite pleasant - even this year when they are the worst we have seen them.
The next huge bug that sends me running is the deer and horse flies that almost amputate you when they take a bite - for these little buggers I do not go out without a hat on (keeps sun off head too) and I use a deer fly patch from www.LeeValley.com
- as the fly is buzing around your head it picks up on the scent of the patch and wants to land a bite - only problem is it is sticky so they get stuck and die. You here them buzzing up there but I would rather that then huge welts on me - I am allergic to their sting and it can make me very sick at times. These patches are not overly expensive - and can be placed on hats or on the back of your shirt. I usually just flick them off .
After rain for 7 days they are out in full force today and just cutting the grass up front where they like to hang out I had 10 land on my hat - the rest stay clear as they then sense the dead ones on the hat.
I have hat head a lot during the summer - but well worth the alternative!!!
PS. Note the above products have been purchased for personal use only - I am not associated or work for any of these companies. Just ones I have found their products to actually WORK. when applied correctly and consistently.
West Nile - don't be so scared......there are trillions of mosquitos out there and the chances are slim to none for most of us - about as much as a lightening strike - or getting hit by a car which are much higher risks as well as even higher risks such as heart diseases, obesity and most cancers.....
You all have a great day