It’s mosquito season in the Texas Panhandle, and the May and June rains gave perfect opportunities for these pests to proliferate. We don’t love applying DEET just to enjoy the back porch, and citronella candles aren’t always effective. Neither are the scented, geranium-type plants marketed for their repelling abilities. Are there any other natural, non-chemical ways to fight these insects? These solutions from local retailers are worth a try.
Photos by Shannon Richardson
Pranarōm essential oil defense spray $6.99 and roll-on $9.99
Available in spray or roll-on form, uses 100-percent pure, certified organic essential oils to discourage flying pests. Adults only.
Para Kito DEET-free mosquito repellent band $22
Purpose + Passion Boutique
The wrist or ankle band contains an essential oil pellet, which diffuses a lemongrass scent known to repel mosquitos. These are waterproof, last for 15 days, and made for kids ages 3 to 7.
Dandelion Herbal Bug Off roll-on $8.95
This roll-on, DEET-free mosquito repellent is made locally in Pampa.
TERRAFLAME clean burning fire gel $8; clay bowl $42
We saw this tip on Instagram! Place a Sterno can or fire gel in a deep bowl. Light it and place fresh rosemary above it. Apparently, the smell of burning rosemary is unpleasant for mosquitoes and they avoid it.