As many of you know, we are a baseball playing, outdoors loving family. Outdoors = bugs. In south carolina, we have these silly little things that Noah should have killed back when he took in everything on the ark. No-see-um’s… sand fleas…sand gnats, no matter what you call them they are these amazingly annoying little creatures that will get in your ears and buzz and annoy the crap out of you.
When we lived in Beaufort, we would use a 50/50 mix of Skin so Soft and rubbing alcohol to protect ourselves from them. Sometimes just plain skin so soft. Well, the other weekend we had a baseball tournament at a local park, and they were out in full force. It was insane. In your ears buzzing (how something that small makes so much noise, I don’t know), up your nose, in your face and generally swarming. In the case of the ones at the ballfield, they weren’t biting us, they were just pesky and annoying. In fact, just typing this makes my eyes water from remembering them buzzing near my eyes. Moms were coating ourselves in skin-so-soft (aka: SSS), and bus spray and NOTHING seemed to be helping.
The next weekend, I asked Patrick to remind me to pack the SSS just in case the bugs were bad. As we were getting ready to leave, he noticed the bottle of Guardian repellent I had gotten in the mail and said “why don’t we take this?”. I said “not sure it will work on gnats, since it is made for mosquitoes and ticks, but we can give it a try”. Bless that man for suggesting we take it. It worked like a charm on the gnats, and as a bonus, no moquitoes either!
A few people commented that it smells like cookies, but I didn’t see that. It has a pleasant scent, not one that is “chemically”. It repels mosquitoes for up to 8 hours and ticks for up to 4 hours. Also note, it repeled the gnats for a good 3-4 hours before we reapplied.
You can find Guardian at Amazon.com currently. There are 2 versions, a wilderness version (shown in my photo to the left), and a backyard version. It has ZERO deet in it, as it is a plant based product.
Check out their website at: Guardian Repellent and see how you can #webeatdeet!
*Disclosure: I received this product free as part of an Influenster campaign. All opinions are my own.*