Originally published in Shanghaimamas.org on June 24, 2015
(Here’s what our No Nonsense Mommy, Carol has to say on summer’s menace. -SHMAMAS ED)
I’ve never encountered mosquitoes as big nor as vicious as China’s mega monster mosquitoes. It’s like they have built-in drill bits that can stick through jeans. Seeing my little ones covered in itchy, puffy insect bites made me go,
“I have a very particular set of skills, skills that make me a nightmare for insects like you. I will look for you. I will find you. And I will kill you.”
Here are my highly effective weapons to naturally combat these terrorizing insects.
Death by Electrocution.
The rechargeable electric fly swatter is one of my favorite things. The sound of insects toasting is so gratifying. Plus points that it looks like a tennis racquet, so I’m imagining I’m doing some exercise every time I swing at a mosquito. Get one if you don’t have it yet. Just keep it away from curious little hands.
Taobao keyword: 蚊子拍
Don’t be Blue.
What do Princess Elsa, Cinderella and Mosquitoes have in common? They all love blue. (That’s why those awesome mosquito zappers have blue light.) Avoid wearing too much blue or dark clothing to make yourself less attractive to these royal pain. Wearing loose clothes also helps make you less easier to bite.
If you don’t wish to be an insect buffet, avoid wearing perfumes or lotions, especially those with floral or fruity notes.
Slay Itch like a Gladiator.
If you get bitten, get the SWAT force on itch rescue, Bebebugs Natural Itch Eraser and Insect Repelling Moisturizer. The itch will be gone in no time. Or apply it in the first place so your baby and you won’t get bitten. (Full disclosure, we formulated this for our baby.)
Taobao keyword: Bebebugs
Don’t let them Breed.
Stagnant water is a Mosquito’s Motel, that’s where they breed. Check your home and compound for stagnant water sources such as fountains, puddles in the balcony, toilet bowl, pails. Drain stagnant water. Make sure to cover all water sources.
Hide in a Net.
Not so glam, but a mosquito net is a cheap and effective force field to get a good night’s sleep.
Taobao search word: 床蚊子网
Build a Mosquito Torture Chamber.
If you’re feeling all Ramsay Bolton, do a DIY mozzie trap using an empty soda bottle, sugar, yeast, water, and black trash bag. Slow death from hunger guaranteed. Just thinking about it makes me smile
Mosquitos like C02 and body heat. Thus pregnant women and beer drinkers, who exhale higher levels of C02 and have higher body heat, get bitten more.
Avoid repellents with Peppermint when breastfeeding. It is said that Peppermint dries out milk supply.
Avoid eucalyptus, peppermint, clove, and cinnamon oils on babies and kids 10 years old and below.
Scratching makes itchy bites worse.
Do you have more tips on how to wage war against mosquitos and bugs?
Image sources: http://nameofthesong.blogspot.com/2015/02/cinderella-2015-new-vision-tv-spot-song.html,