I love summer. The sun. The beach. The greenery. But not the bugs. I mean, I could survive if they'd just bite me...but go after my kids and I'm going to have to end you. Why? Because NO ONE likes being woken up at 3 am because there's an itchy mosquito bite that might actually cause death if it's not dealt with this very second.
You feel me?
So, choices are there. Let's explore them!
1. Never leave your house again. I mean, it's a thing, I guess. Living in northern Alberta, the bugs are kind of a way of life. Even if we didn't open our doors for four straight months, I feel like they'd probably still get in. And then there's the whole being locked inside with kids for the whole spring/summer/fall part...
2. Chemicals. Effective? Probably. Safe? Probably not. Have you ever stopped and read the ingredients on your bug spray? I have, and I'm not down with it. The scientific evidence that these are harmful ingredients is enough to have me cringing, and knowing those ingredients are being absorbed by my kids' skin, and ending up in their bloodstreams? No thanks. I'm also not a fan of gagging on that horrific mist, or smelling like it all day either. Not my fav.
3. Go natural. There are a lot of options for natural insect repellent out there these days. We've tried a lot of them, and found that there are definitely some that are just made better than others. Some work, but don't last. Some stink, but don't work. And some are just sticky messes that don't do a thing but help the bugs adhere to your skin. Super. The Beauty From Bees Outdoor Buzz Spray is topping my current list of anti-bug potions! It's filled with natural, safe, effective ingredients, it smells amazing, and it works. That's the most important part, right? No more mosquito bites keeping the whole family up all night?
I'm a big fan of the spray, for quickly misting my kids as they race by me, but if you're not into sprays, this product also comes in an equally-effective stick form! Both products are safe for kids over the age of one, but can also be sprayed on clothing, blankets, or whatever is near your tiny one to help keep them protected.
Summer is short, so get out there and enjoy it. And then get back inside and enjoy the sweet slumber, knowing no one is going to poke you at all hours of the night, begging you to dig up the itch cream.
Kelsey Kitt is a work-at-home-mom of three in northern Alberta. When she’s not chasing kids around, she is also a freelance copywriter, wine lover, and Parental Guidance content creator. You can follow her and all her family’s adventures on Instagram at @mommydoesntlie.