For those of you that ever sprayed bug spray and got it in your eyes or your mouth you know how bad it feels and tastes. Yuck! Ever try spraying your child with bug spray? They don't want any part of it usually because it's got that yucky feel and smells bad. Want to use something your child will find fun when it comes to keeping bugs away? I had the opportunity, actually my daughter had the opportunity to test out some Mosquitno Spotzzz Bug Repellent over the past few weeks and let me tell you, it is much easier convincing her to use the Spotzzz than an aerosol can.
With West Nile being something that makes me very nervous, I am constantly keeping up on the mosquito and fly situation where we live. I have been tagged a few times by both insects and thankfully am still healthy. While we try not to keep any standing water around, the gutters in the front of our house collect the sprinkler run-off and it turns stagnant quickly. It's a great breeding ground for mosquitoes and the kids love to play near the water.
I was provided a 6-pack of stickers and two bracelets to test out with my daughter. As you can see from the photo, she couldn't wait to choose her sticker. I slyly gave her the choice of an aerosol spray or the Spotzzz stickers. She wisely chose the all-natural Spotzzz.
Here is the actual description from the Mosquitno website:
- heavy-duty sticker infused with citronella
- lasts for 3 days – up to 72 hours of exposure
- stick to your clothing, hats, shoes, anywhere
- 6 fun themes
- all-natural, safe, non-toxic, DEET-free
- Safe for kids 3 yrs & up (can be a choking hazard)
For three days and three separate nights we tested out the Spottzz and my daughter never got bit. I, on the other hand, got tagged by a few biting flies. I was thankful my daughter didn't have to suffer through that. When I sat near her the bugs stayed away from me. (It looks like I need some of these, too.) She went about playing and having fun. I was curious about the range of the citronella as she wore the sticker up near her neck. I figured she might get bit around the ankles, but she never complained and I never saw any bugs near her. When it was time to head inside, she was very helpful in taking off the Spotzzz sticker and storing it for another day. Each sticker lasts for three days and she didn't want to miss out on wearing it again.
We also tested out the glow-in-the-dark bracelet. This appeared to work well, too. She put it on and there was a strong aroma of citronella. Everyone around her commented on how good it smelled. She received no bug bites and with the bug repellent features lasting six days we saved this as well. The one thing I noticed was that she wanted to pull and tug on the bracelet more. Not sure if it bothered her on her wrist or what. With the stickers she never even paid attention to it when it was on.
- Kids love them (variety of colors and designs)
- Easy to apply
- Keeps the bugs away
- Bracelets come in a zipper lock type bag for extended storage and use
- No easy place to store the sticker after you take it out of the package
Overall, I would say that the Mosquitno Spotzzz are not only a good buy at $3.99 for a 6-pack, but your kids will love them and they aid in keeping bugs away. Plus, I think Spotzz are good for adults, too. All natural, easy to apply and easy to store for another use. Plus, you can make staying bug bite free fun with the variety of stickers to choose from.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Mosquitno Spotzzz for free from Mosquitno as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.