The arrival of warm weather means most of us are showing a bit more skin, which is of course more comfortable, except when there are mosquitoes about. Lotions and spray-on repellents are useful, but a bit messy to use. However there are some alternatives to help keep bugs at bay.
ThermoCell portable butane-powered devices create a 15 x 15 foot area of protection that the company says will keep up to 98% of biting insects away for up to 4 hours. The product includes lanterns and hand-held devices that can be turned on and off as needed and some have LED lights built in. They work by using a butane cartridge to heat a mat that releases allethrin, a repellent that is a synthetic copy of the natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers. Refills of the cartridges and mats are available.
Also available is the OFF! Clip-On. It is also a great product for reluctant repellent users who dislike the feel or smell of traditional mosquito repellents. It can attach to a belt or purse and the company says it provides head-to-toe protection for up to 11 hours. Refill disks are available and the unit uses two AAA batteries.
Note that both products contain warning labels. The ThermaCell pesticide is highly toxic to fish; the pesticide in OFF! is toxic to bees and aquatic organisms.