A lesser of evils?

I like the slideshow presentations regularly found in cyberspace that give you short lists of tips.  It is like an old school Reader’s Digest version – a short, concise summary with pictures. That is my speed.

The most recent slideshow I viewed was titled: Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-FreeThe presentation was put together by Jennifer Noonan and it promised a natural mosquito repellant which made it immediately interesting.  You see, I am a mosquito magnet and I tend to get many mosquito bites during any given North Dakota summer.  Unfortunately, I hate the feel of bug spray and will only use it if I absolutely must.  I typically opt for coverage with clothes, but with some of my thinner pants the little buggers bite me right through them – typically on my fanny as I am bent over in the garden.  Apparently, they can see that target from miles away so they can get a running start at it.

It doesn’t help that I have a difficult time leaving mosquito bites alone – I am a scratcher.  So you can imagine how bug bites on my fanny play out.  Have you conjured the image?  It isn’t pretty is it?

But never fear, Jennifer Noonan sought out a natural answer to my dilemma.  Here is the tip from her presentation:

“Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.”

Okay, so let me get this straight, all I have to do is rub undiluted catnip oil all over my body and I am good to go.  Mosquitoes won’t have anything to do with me for up to two hours.  Great…but isn’t there a little problem with this?  Have you ever seen what catnip does to cats?  They find it intoxicating…they get crazy from it.  And I am supposed to rub it all over my body and go about my day?  Hello!!  If I do that I’ll be the Pied Piper of cats.  They will rub against me, attack my legs, and climb me like a scratch post.  But, I won’t have mosquito bites.

I wonder if it is the catnip that repels the mosquitoes or the rambunctious cats surrounding your body after you are covered in catnip that repels the mosquitoes.  I guess this is ultimately a lesser of evils question – which would I prefer – mosquito bites or being the leader of a cat parade?  That is a tough one.  I think I will have to take the crazy cat lady.  Hand over the catnip oil…I am ready for the parade to begin. ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and twenty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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3 Responses to A lesser of evils?

  1. Miki T-B says:

    I’ve found that vanilla extract can be quite effective as a mosquito repellent…plus you get to smell like a cupcake all day!

  2. tim haering says:

    Aye, there’s the rub. Catnip oil works, but they don’t tell you how. And because it is not an FDA regulated product, it does not have to disclose side-effects. Video games help too. Can yo guess how? The ultimate solution is, move to a nice desert. I live in Bay Area and it is so dry here, there are virtually no skeeters. GOod luck.

  3. B-dubya says:

    The visuals in this have me ROFL–I needed that! :D

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