As the days heat up and families are outside more and more, one must remember those pesky little biters … mosquitoes. Here are some handy products to have around that will do just that!
Instant Screened Canopy
Coleman | coleman.com | $244.99
This dome-like instant tent is quite easy to set up. With the help of a friend, you can have this screened cover set up in your backyard in no time at all. There are two sides with zipper opening for easy in and outs, too! It’s also quite spacious being 12-by-10-feet. It’s perfect for those lunches or dinners outdoors, too, as you can easily fit a table and chairs inside and still be able to walk around. There are also a few different heights you can set the tent to, but it must be on the tallest setting to use the screen walls. The walls attach very easily, too, and even hook to each pole it goes around to help keep it in place. A perfect backyard accessory.
BugOff Instant Screen
Wolf & Moon Products | bugoffscreen.com | $39.95 – $99.95
This easy-to-use screen secures to your door’s frame and allows you to come and go in and out of your home without having to keep opening and shutting the door. The screen slides onto a bar that is wedged into the top of the door’s frame. Then, the sides of the screen are adhered to the sides of the frame with sticky Velcro. The opening has magnetic closures to help keep it shut and they magically snap back … if properly installed and don’t drag on the ground. So, be sure to get the proper size for your door. Also, it doesn’t work well with big pets … such as dogs. They can go in and out if they go slow, but once they get excited and try to run through it, they can pull it down. All in all, it’s great to have when you don’t have a screen door and want to let some fresh air in.
Mosquitno Wrist BandZzz and Mosquitno SpotZzz Stickers
Mosquitno | mosquitnoband.com | $3.99 SpotZzz (set of 6) and $3.99 BandZzz
Mosquitno BandZzz are made with 15 percent citronella oil, which is great for repelling those pesky mosquitoes. The wristbands are non-toxic, DEET-free and last for up to 150 hours (or up to six days) of use! They are hip to the rubber band style so you don’t even know you are wearing a mosquito repellant. They are available in a variety of colors and in adult and kid size. The SpotZzz are circular stickers with fun patterns and colors and are made with the same stuff the bands are and last for up to 72 hours (or up to three days). They are great for kids ages 3 and older who don’t like to wear bracelets. You can stick them anywhere, too!
Shoo Fly Bye: DEET Free Buy Spray
BabyGanics | babyganics.com | $11.99 for a 6 ounce bottle
This all-natural, DEET-free bug spray is perfect to use on your little ones while outside. It’s combined with the non-toxic power of peppermint, geranium, soybean and citronella. It safely repels mosquitoes, gnats and flies — and smells great to us! Can be purchased at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target and diapers.com.