Mosquitoes Preparing for Next Season's Coup!

Dave and Poppy enjoy the patio
 Okay. Maybe it's not the best timing to talk about mosquitoes in late October. But it's never too early to prepare for next year.

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
I am totally sold on these items, as they allow us to virtually thumb our noses at those bothersome, buzzing bugs. The only tweak I’d love to see ThermaCELL make to their products is the addition of an automatic shutoff mechanism. I don’t know how many butane cartridges have been used up because I’d forgotten to shut off the lantern or the appliance. I discovered a way to remember with the lantern, though. I turn on the light, as I’m less likely to wander inside with a light still on than a butane cartridge. It’s nearly soundless and almost scentless.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I've been using ThermaCELL for years now. We have four seasons...winter, gnat, deer fly and, followed rather quickly by, mosquito. You'll be happy to know that this product is effective against all seasons except winter and with a driveway one eighth of a mile long it's a shame.