Being in Florida during this rainy summer has provided plenty of that relentless pest that plagues us all, the mosquito. We have been camping quite a few times before we started this adventure and have explored different ways to fight off these evil little creatures but most often end up relying on spray; but it stinks, literally, to have to spray every time we want to sit outside so we were looking for something that would be effective and not on our skin. We first wanted to try the old standby you see at nearly every campsite, and purchased multiple citronella candles. These proved to be as effective lit as they were before we opened them. The little vampires mocked us as they happily sucked our life to help produce their offspring. I felt they were looking up at us saying One, Two, Three drops of your blood ahh ahh ahh before flying off full as we attempted to violently swat them out of the air. I know there are a lot of natural methods, and we have explored many with varying degrees of success. However, we decided to break down and try something new and bought a handy device from ThermaCELL.
While being swarmed by beasts like this I realized it was still sitting inside on a shelf. I ran in and grabbed it, made sure it was set-up right and turned it on. Within minutes our outside area was mosquito free and remained that way for the next couple of hours while we enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. When we packed up to go somewhere else for the rest of the day we turned it off and headed out. I had to run back and grab something we forgot and was greeted by no less than a dozen of our friendly behemoths. We have used it lot since we got it and it has worked very well. If you are going to be spending some time outside and there is a good chance of mosquitos, GET ONE!
How it Works
The heat generated by the butane cartridge is directed to a metal grill that is part of the design of the Lantern or Appliance. A small mat, saturated with repellent, sits on top of the metal grill. Heat vaporizes the repellent, allowing it to rise into the air.
The repellent is allethrin, a copy of a repellent that naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers. It repels mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums, and will not harm humans or pets.
Within minutes after turning on the Lantern or Appliance, the repellent creates a 15 by 15-foot (225 square-foot) area of repellency, the size of an average deck, patio, or campsite. All ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent products use the same refills, which contain both repellent mats and butane cartridges.