Happy New Year! Peace and joy to one and all.
2020 is spanking new and beautiful. I love new things and I eagerly look forward to all that will unfold this year. It has been a month already that I have been in my tropical paradise, and though I have had a wonderful holiday season, there has been and continues to be moments where I have been uncomfortable. It’s all because of the pesky bugs, mostly mosquitoes and sand flies. Other’s laugh at my dilemma and say it’s because I’ve been away from these shores far too long, and the bugs love new blood.” So how have I been handling the situation? Let me tell you how.
First, the usual forms of relief from repellent sprays and rubs that were recommended were quickly rejected only because from past experiences, I realized after profuse use of them I would begin to feel lethargic and weary. I concluded that the anatomical sprays were affecting me physically. Therefore, I have opted not to use the sprays or lather my skin with strong odorous oils.
My woeful complaints have reached the ears of friends and family who have volunteered their remedies with conviction that if followed to the letter, I would receive quick relief. In my desperation, I am tempted to throw all reason out and without question try the suggestions just to have a moments peace from these dreaded bugs. To help the situation I have cleared away thick bush and brush, trimmed tree branches that may have been a haven for the insects and removed pooled collections of rainwater from around the home.
Some encouraged me to place citronella scented cotton balls around the corners of the home (that would be a whole lot of cotton balls in my estimation 😂). Citronella has a strong yet pleasant odor. It is a scent used in candles to drive away the bugs at summer outdoor outings, day or night. Another solution would be to burn a coil that releases a slow haze of smoke into the air.
Others recommended rubbing familiar lotions or natural oils as a first line of defense and protection on my skin. The lists includes Listerine and even Petroleum Jelly. I don’t know if either works. The thought of a mouth rinse and a sticky substance is neither appealing nor I imagine comfortable.
Yet another recommendation, and this my mother swears by, is hanging a few branches of Soursop or Neem trees leaves over the bed and around the room for a peaceful night’s rest from the buzzing mosquitoes. This may sound ludicrous, but these old-wives tales usually have some measure of truth to them.
What have I been doing then? I simply grin and bear it. Hours before retiring to bed I spray the room with an insecticide for all flying and crawling creatures. While sitting on the porch or in wide open spaces, I use the battery powered wand which zaps any that may dare to fly pass. For any bites and stings I receive, I use the astringent Witch Hazel to soothe my skin. It is fast acting and provides relief within a short time.
For those traveling to the tropics in 2020, you will undoubtedly encounter a similar circumstance and may want a quick remedy. You can always opt to bring the repellents sprays, or natural oils that bests suit you. Packing a mosquito net is not a bad idea either. Simply remember, the downside to an awesome vacation could be the bugs but you can offset that if you are prepared and willing to combat the situation with remedies that work.
Community Peeps, besides the bugs, in my opinion it is still worth the trip to visit my tropical paradise. After all, it is just another snippet of life in this beautiful island of sun, sea and sand. I want to wish all of you an awesome 2020. May your blessings always exceed your expectations. Thank you for being a part of mine. Do you have a remedy that works that you would like to share? Write it in the comment box below.
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