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Keeping true to my affinity and love of products which are free of chemicals and ingredients that could be harmful to me or my family (especially my family!), I recently agreed to complete a review of Mosquitno Bandz and Spotz. Before I get to my review, let me tell you guys what drew me to these products. Number one draw: THEY DON’T CONTAIN DEET! Deet is scary, guys. I avoid products with deet in them at all costs because I have, obviously, read too many horror stories about accidental poisoning from the chemical and other similar ones. As a result, I’ve shied away from bug repellants because I would rather risk bug bites than poisoning. So, if they don’t contain chemicals, what makes Mosquitno brand products effective? Glad you asked. Citronella oil, which is a natural products derived from grass and a natural bug repellant. Citronella is safe for humans and pets, to the point that if it is accidentally ingested, it simply is excreted with no adverse effects, and it has also been shown to be non-toxic to birds and fish, so taking these products into the natural environment is without risk.
The basic ideas behind these products is that they are worn (the bandz can be worn on the wrist like a normal rubber bracelet, and the spotz are very sticky stickers that one would put on clothing), and emit a citronella scent that deters bugs from the wearer. When I mention that they “emit a citronella scent”, I mean the suckers EMIT A SCENT! I don’t mind the smell of citronella…in fact, I find it pleasant, but it is a rather strong smell that everyone around a wearer would be aware of. As for their ability to deter bugs from biting, I have mixed reviews. My husband and I tried the Bandz, which we loved the idea of. My husband, who is normally a bug magnet, took his band to youth camp and had great results! He only got bitten once the entire 6, hot, HUMID days he was there, so that was amazing! I normally am not appealing to mosquitos (apparently…I try not to take it personally), so when I wore the band while doing yard work, expecting to not get bitten at all, per my norm and because I had this product on, I was surprised that I came inside with several bites to my legs. Dumb bugs. I was working in a very buggy area of my back yard and it was particularly humid while I was outside, so I’m sure that had something to do with the crazy amounts of mosquitos out.
We used the Spotz on our girls, versus the Bandz, simply because the Bandz are a little bit big on the girls wrists and I didn’t want to risk that they got lost. The girls seemed to fair really well with the Spotz. I put them on their backs because I didn’t want anyone taking them off and playing with them (stickers don’t last long around here!), and they didn’t get bitten once! I have a feeling that their smaller bodies helped in that area because the citronella’s sphere of influence didn’t have as much surface area to affect. Score! They are, honestly, the ones we don’t want bitten most of all, so I am thrilled to have found a product that works for them!
Overall, I like these products. Bonus for the Bandz and Spotz, each lasts for way longer than just one use. The Bandz last for 6 days, or 150 hours of exposure, and the Spotz each last for 3 days, or 72 hours of exposure. The Spotz can even be worn and then placed back onto their protective paper so that they can be re-used. Bonus! If you are interested in trying these products out yourself, you can purchase them through the Mosquitno Web site or on Amazon!