Lets face it, as much fun as it is to be outdoors hiking, fishing, gardening, or playing in the back yard, nothing can spoil the fun faster than annoying, biting mosquitoes, flies, gnats or no-see-ums.
Like many avid hikers I have my own solution for managing with biting bugs, typically consisting of a headnet and full length lightweight clothing pre-treated with insect repellent. That works extremely well for me, but as a system it falls apart as soon as I go anywhere with my children.
I’m personally not comfortable putting pesticides such as N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (better know as DEET) on my skin and especially not my children’s, so I’m always on the lookout for all natural mosquito repellents that are also kid friendly.
Mosquitno Wrist BandZzz and SpotZzz Stickers
Sprays and lotions, even all natural ones, can sometimes feel sticky and uncomfortable. They’re a nuisance to put on and can even damage clothing.
Mosquitno products take an entirely different approach than sprays and lotions. They’ve very cleverly created products infused with natural Citronella oil, one of nature’s most effective and all natural mosquito repellent, that can be conveniently worn as wrist bands or reusable stickers.
Kid Cool Factor
In addition to bug sprays being sticky and annoying, you very quickly discover as a parent that your children hate anything to do with sprays that smell or sting. This makes an already awkward process into a completely miserable one. That’s not the case with Mosquitno products.
Upon breaking out the Mosquitno products in front of my kids, they were immediately excited to put on a cool looking rubber (silicone) wrist BandZzz as well as putting some fun patterned SpotZzz stickers on their clothes. Suddenly, protecting my kids from biting insects got a whole lot easier for mom and dad – yay!
The wrist bands look and feel like any other silicone bracelet that you’ve ever worn with the exception of a strong Citronella smell. To appeal even more to children, the wrist bands have a cool slogan embedded on them saying “mosquitos don’t bite me please” and also come in several fun colors. Unfortunately the tie-die colored wrist band was the most popular, but we only had one.
However, the wrist bands will provide bug protection for up to six days and come in re-sealable plastic pouches to keep them from drying out – so Jack and Maggie took turns each day wearing the tie-die one.
Long Lasting Protection
The SpotZzz stickers are very cool looking and add an extra level of protection around the body. They come in an assortment of bright colors, patterns, and logos that will appeal to both boys and girls. These stickers don’t last quite as long as the wrist bands do, three days vs. six days, but they are reusable.
My daughter put her SpotZzz stickers in the same pouch as her wrist band each evening so that she could use them again. Eventually, after three or four days, the stickers lost their stickiness and she chose new ones.
I’m impressed with the quality and creativity that went into producing the Mosquitno products. Taking on the challenge of an all natural mosquito reppelent that is also kid friendly is no small feat. Thankfully they pulled it off. Oh, and most importantly, the products work!
My family and I tested the Mosquitno products in and around the Traverse City area of Michigan for an entire week. We played outside, went to the lakes, and kayaked down rivers where the flies, mosquitos and no-see-ums are out in force. Our wrist bands and some strategically placed stickers (under the rim of our baseball caps) kept the nasty bugs out of our faces and off our skin just as well as sprays.
I’m sold on these neat little wrist bands and stickers and my kids absolutely love them. If you have small kids that love to be outdoors as much as mine do, or even if you don’t have children, be sure to check out the Mosquitno products for your next adventure.Disclosure: Brian’s Backpacking Blog was provided the complimentary Mosquitno wrist bands and stickers via Deep Creek PR for the purpose of testing and product feedback. The author was under no obligation to review the products.