The moral of this story is that when you are spending time outside and someone offers you bug spray, use it.
Let me set the mood… Over the Memorial Day weekend we had a family BBQ at the beach. After cleaning up from a fun day at the beach (baby girl’s first time!), we were ready to relax. In addition to the usual suspects, my parents, my sister and her fiancé, and my sister’s future in-laws joined us for the evening. We enjoyed appetizers and cocktails on the porch followed by dinner inside (it was just too hot). Since the house faces the Gulf of Mexico, we headed back out onto the patio for after-dinner drinks to take in a beautiful Florida sunset.
Although I pointed out the stash of Cutter bug spray ready to defend against any pesky bites, thus far I was the only one to spray down myself and my daughter. It basically sat, lonely, in the corner.
The sun set, not the prettiest of sunsets unfortunately, and we continued to hang out on the porch enjoying the view, the company and some music.
When I returned from putting my daughters to bed, my sister was complaining about the bugs and threatening to go sit inside. In a matter of minutes she had welts all over her back and arms. Suddenly my renewed suggestion of the bug spray sounded like a good idea. (I had to get this moment on camera. Do you see the welt on the back of her arm?)
After considering her options (Cutter Dry and Cutter Natural), she choose non-aerosolized Cutter Natural. About this time, my husband (also stubborn) admitted some bites and also opted for the spray. I also quickly lit my Cutter CitroGaurd Citronella candle that I nearly forgot about. A few minutes later, my sister announced that she was no longer being bitten. What’s more, she says the bug spray helped the itchies. I don’t know about that, as that is not one of the documented uses for the spray. I think it might have been a mental thing, but hey, it made her happy.
Not only did my sister and husband stop getting bitten, but they both remained on the porch with the family for the rest of the evening. The party was a smashing success, and once the guests applied their bug spray, it was also bug free.
So next time someone offers you bug spray, go for it!
Disclosure – This post is part of a series of posts brought to you by Cutter, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.