|Dave and Poppy enjoy the patio|
My garden has two seasons: jacket and gloves weather and mosquito weather. In my garden, mosquitoes are so numerous they have to work in shifts. Really. You know how the little stinging blighters are known to be most prevalent during dusk and right after dawn? That is true here, but my mosquitoes work just as aggressively in the middle of the day. They don’t even break for lunch!
I’ve solved both the working in the garden and the sitting on the patio activities with two different products, sent to me by ThermaCELL.
Patio sitting was the stuff of dreams before I tried the pair of mosquito repellents. The Mosquito Repellent Appliance is about the size of a large remote control, and repels mosquitoes in a 15’ by 15’ area. It comes in a variety of earth-tone colors, runs on a butane cartridge that lasts 12 hours, and repels by heating up a mat soaked in Allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural repellent found in pyrethrum flowers. The mats start out blue and fade as the repellent is used up—usually in about four hours.
ThermaCELL also sent me a lantern, a pretty little thing that’s disguised as a decorative light. Operating just like the appliance with butane and Allethrin mat, the lantern also has a two-level light that can be useful if you’re enjoying the evening ambiance so much you stay out until dark. The lantern’s range is also the same as the appliance—15’ by 15’ of repellent coverage.
|ThermaCELL lantern (left) and appliance|
For anyone who spends time or would like to spend time outdoors when mosquitoes are about, these products are great! And if you're looking for a gift idea that will equate your name with a lack of swatting, or spraying or staying inside, these items make a great choice.