This time of year has us spending a lot of time grilling outside while we watch the boys splash in their little wading pool. They love to swim and climb their playset to slide and swing. One thing that none of us love is that mosquitoes also like to hang outside in our backyard and they are particularly fond of my four year old. The drought we are suffering from this year is terrible, but one somewhat pleasant side effect is that, for the first year in as long as I can remember, I am not seeing nearly as many mosquitoes. Usually they are eating us alive.
Even with a lighter mosquito season, my poor little guy can become covered in angry bites before I even see the pesky critters flying around, so I take pre-emptive measures with Cutter Insect Repellents. Good thing they have a wide variety of products, from natural to DEET including products. The wide variety makes their products a good choice for our family. I think that the most important thing is that no matter what type of repellent you prefer to use, you actually use one. I know many people are sensitive to or leery of strong ingredients, so I am glad that Cutter also has a natural line of products in addition to their more well known DEET containing products. We don’t send our kids out in the sun without sunscreen, so we try not to send them out into the yard without their insect repellent. We received the following products to choose from for our review: Cutter All Family Mosquito Wipes, Cutter Natural Insect Repellent, Cutter Natural Fogger, Cutter Skinsations Ultra Light, Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent Aerosol, Cutter American Holiday Candle and Cutter Backyard Control Spray.
For our sensitive little boys, we chose the natural products (especially since it is a lighter mosquito season). We love the scent of the Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent and the Cutter Natural Insect Repellent also goes on nicely. I like that the natural ingredient is oil of lemon eucalyptus in the first product I mentioned. According to Cutter, it is effective and a naturally based insect protection that repels mosquitoes and ticks for up to six hours. The active ingredient is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the air around us, we light up our outside dinner with the Cutter American Holiday Candle. It has a light, pleasant scent and helps keep the flies away as well (that were swarming our dinner before we lit it on the day we took these photos).
Cutter let me know that, in a recent survey, two-thirds of people said getting an insect bite could negatively affect their day. However, only 14 percent reported using insect repellent all or most of the time. With the risk of West Nile Virus and other diseases from bites, Cutter feels that using personal or area insect repellents should be a no-brainer. They also wanted to share tips from Dr. Gwenn, a pediatrician, mom and founder of PediatricsNow. She advises that people stay hydrated to avoid thirst (the first sign of dehydration); use sunscreen regularly; wear helmets when biking, rollerblading, skate boarding and everything in between; be on the lookout and surpervise kids around water; and, remember repellent and choose the right one for your family’s needs.
Buy: Update: Congrats to Staci A.!
Cutter Insect Repellents are available widely at retail stores and more information is available online at www.cutterinsectrepellents.com.
Win: One Potamus Prefers reader will win a Cutter Insect Repellent Prize Pack that includes all of the products pictured in this post! For the first (required) entry just tell me what Cutter Insect Repellent product your family would like to use this summer and why.
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Fine Print: I received the same items we are giving away. The opinions are our own.