September 11, 2015

How to Keep Bugs Away While Enjoying the Outdoors

During the summer and fall (especially the fall) I love to spend time outside with M2 and B. We try to do outdoor family activities as well, such as peach and apple picking, fairs, zoos, parks, festivals and anything else fun we can think up. Even spending time outside in the backyard letting M2 run while I enjoy the mountain views from our deck is a relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful weather. What isn't relaxing is getting eaten alive by bugs! M2 and I are both the type of people who can be sitting so close to a citronella candle we're about to burst into flames yet STILL get covered in bug bites. Out in the grass, those annoying gnats follow us around trying to become one with our hair and faces. A gets driven up the wall by the bugs when he mows the lawn. Even more dangerous, all the bug bites can lead to cellulitis. I had a bad case of that a few months ago that landed me in the hospital on strong IV antibiotics then two weeks of a high dose of antibiotics. I could barely walk the pain was so bad. All from mosquito bites that broke open then got infected! If I'd known about and been using Zack & Nack's All-Natural Bug Spray then, I probably would have avoided the infection all together. Now, M2, A and I use it so we can enjoy the outdoors even more. (Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!)

zack & nack's bug spray

Zack & Nack's is made from all natural ingredients from plants, such as peppermint, lemongrass, clove and soybean oil and geraniol (made from roses and geraniums). All the essential oils are food-grade, making them even safer. There's no DEET or ingredients you have to worry about your children over age 1 using (for younger kids, check with your pediatrician before using the spray). I'm always leery of DEET and other chemicals being on M2 so that is the first thing that drew me to Zack & Nack's. It's safe for clothes and skin. Even with my crazy sensitive skin, I don't have any reaction at all.

apple orchard fall

As you can probably tell from the ingredients I mentioned, unlike many bug sprays, it also smells great. Really, it's more of a perfume than a bug spray! It smells fresh and light, not at all chemical or medicinal. I've been tempted to spray it on to use as a perfume, to be honest. M2 always asks to put it on when she sees the bottle because she thinks it actually is perfume! She'll stand there smelling her arms once it's on. We don't feel like we have to take a bath or change clothes from the smell as soon as we come in like with traditional sprays.

Best of all, the spray actually WORKS. I'm often leery of products that claim to be all natural and work yet am amazed and really impressed with Zack & Nack's. Flies, gnats, mosquitoes and no-see-ums leave us alone. We tested it out when apple picking a few weeks ago. Usually, we all end up covered in bites the next day. A and I both used it while M2 had a fit that day and refused to. The only one of us with any bites was M2. Throughout our walk through the orchard, none of us had bugs flying in our faces making us want to run for the car. When I sit out on the deck at night, I spray some on then as well and am left alone. The other night when I forget, I was swarmed as soon as I walked out the door. I gave up and came back in for the night, annoyed by all the bugs. I should have used the spray!

I really like Zack & Nack's DEET-free, natural bug spray and am going to be using it often. Check it out for yourselves over at Amazon, dear readers! Spray it on when you're sitting out on the deck, sitting around a bonfire roasting marshmallows, chasing the kids in the yard, picking apples for some yummy pie, fishing, hunting, camping (not having to wash if off comes in handy!), hiking -- any time you're outdoors.



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16 comments:

  1. I would love to visits parks when I'm using it.

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  2. We live in a wooded area, so this would be perfect for us. We hate bugs!

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  3. No bugs here in the desert. I do like using natural products

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  4. Entered! Would love to try this on our next camping trip.

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  5. I just love natural bug sprays. We live in south Louisiana where we have mosquitos year-round!

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  6. Oh this sounds awesome. The bugs have just been awful lately around here, this would be great. - Jeanine

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  7. This is something that matters to me ... I have a son and I am always scared of dengue. If this works, I'd gladly hoard it.

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  8. I like spending time outdoors, but DON'T like the bugs! This is really handy, especially if it works so well!

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  9. How nice! This is perfect for families who always spend time together outdoors!

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  10. This sounds like it smells great. I hate using chemical bug sprays on my kids, so I would use this when they are playing on our swing set. We have a lot of trees back there, so it gets pretty buggy.

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  11. What a great giveaway!!! We do a lot of bin fires this time of year! This would be great :)

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  12. A bug spray is very important and I always make sure I stock on this. I haven't tried this brand, yet. I will check this out.

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  13. We luckily don't have many bugs where I live, but this would certainly be useful while we're on holiday!

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  14. Great giveaway. This will be great whenever we are out of our home!

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  15. I live in FL where mosquitos are a constant annoyance, so this would be great to try even just while having BBQs in that backyard!

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  16. This is a great giveaway! Great for family outings like going to the park.

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