I spent the weekend outside….the upside, my garden has a beautiful new split rail fence surrounding it….the downside….my face (specifically my chin and neck), arms, legs, scalp and even my back (biting through my shirt) are covered with the itchiest swollen welts you have ever seen. I am a bug magnet — I take it for the team….my husband who was by my side the whole weekend, has but 2 bites that he got late Sunday afternoon….Ugh.
I have optimistically plunked down over 70 dollars to buy a whole case of crocodile insect repellent made just north of here in Keene, NH. I am hoping this is the non-DEET savior that I seek. Besides the fact that OFF simply didn’t work against the Black Flies this weekend, the stuff horrifies me…I don’t like the smell, the way it feels on my skin or the thought of loading myself and my little people up with unknown and probably harmful chemicals. I was spurred by the list of testimonials on the crocodile site and by this impassioned reference from About.com editor Dawn Hawthorne the Florida travel guide….she should know right?
I will let you know if it is all it is cracked up to be….but I am hopeful that the extract of Rosemary, Sage, Feverfew, Wormwood, Lavender, and Thyme in Eucalyptus, canola and caster oils will be be as good as it sounds. In the mean time, does anyone have a good remedy for two day old (and worsening by the minute) black fly bites on your face?