Nothing ruins a summer evening more than the constant buzzing of mosquitoes. If you or one of your family are particularly prone to mosquito bites, it can turn a relaxing evening into a sleepless night. And while chemical repellents containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) have proven to be effective and deemed safe to use, a number of people continue to search for natural alternatives. So a question we have been asked is whether Crazy Arms are a good way to stop the mossies?
A definite ‘maybe’?
From the feedback we’ve had so far, we haven’t heard of anyone being bitten through their Crazy Arms. (We haven’t conducted formal testing; putting kids in a room of mosquitoes with one arm covered and one exposed felt a bit unethical!)
The good news is that the tight weave of the fabric will provide a reasonable barrier, and certainly make the arms less attractive to a blood-seeking mossie.
The bad news, though is that the mosquito proboscis is one of nature’s swiss army knives, and in theory can find its way through most fabrics if it wants to. There are suggestions that the more loose-fitting, the harder it is for them to get through to your skin, although this opens up paths for those devilish mossies to sneak right up underneath!
A natural approach
The Crazy Arms team’s approach is to use natural repellents such as citronella candles, and the likes of lavender, tea tree oil, or lemon eucalyptus oil, in combination with t-shirts, Crazy Arms and long pants. We’d love to hear your thoughts and experience.