Keeping the bugs away plus giveaway

At this time of year, I find that I can be plagued by mosquitos and other biting insects whether walking through the woods, having a picnic near a lake or just in my own garden, so I was pleased to be offered a selection of natural insect repellent or relief products free to review.

Whilst waiting for them to arrive, I heard that familiar whirring buzz of a mosquito whilst trying to go to sleep. Luckily it didn’t bite, but it brought back memories of tropical holidays pre-kids with citronella candles and sleeping under mosquito nets.

Bug fighting essentials

I received the following four products, although I had been expecting Mosquitan patches rather than spray.

Bug Balm
Zap-It
Vie Mosquito Repellent
Mosquitan Spray

So obviously the first ones to try out were the repellents to ward off the bugs before they got in biting distance. I started with the Vie spray. It is all natural, DEET-free and suitable for all ages including babies. Easy to apply and does the job as no bites. This is available in 100 ml size currently at £7.95 from Vie healthcare.

Bug fighting essentials - Vie anti mosquito spray

Then the next day I tried the Mosquitan spray. This was a very similar product to the Vie spray and equally effective at keeping the bugs away. Also simple to apply. Again it is a natural DEET-free product suitable for all the family. This is available in 100 ml size currently at £8.95 also from Vie healthcare.

Bug fighting essentials - Mosquitan

The Zap-It wasn’t required until I was actually bitten, so I had to take a pause from applying the repellents in order to reluctantly get a bite. This is a small handheld device which you press against a bite, then squeeze the button, which causes it to emit a safe electrical discharge. I found about 2-3 clicks were needed. The idea behind this product is that this inhibits histamine release, which means less itching and swelling.  But I found that you therefore do need to use it asap after being bitten to improve how effective it will be. It is available in several different colours from selected health stores, pharmacies, garden centres, Asda, Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug and Amazon, and currently retails from £5.95. One Zap-It is sufficient for up to 1000 bites, based on 5 clicks per bite.

Bug fighting essentials - Zap-It

I didn’t need to try the bug balm until I unfortunately succumbed to another bite, which I didn’t then zap in time. The balm  was easy to apply and soothing for the itchiness, which is great as it is important to try to avoid scratching bites. I did need to reapply over the next couple of days until the swelling disappeared. This product came in a small 30g tin, so a nice size for keeping in your bag and it currently retails at £7.95 from Skinshop. And it is 100% natural, containing a concentrated extract of liquorice root. Suitable for adults and children.

Bug Balm

So in summary, I was very happy with all these products, although I would have liked the opportunity to also try the patches, as I don’t need two sprays. They are definitely all travel essentials with peak holiday season upon us. Also I’m glad that my review is now complete, so that I don’t have to deliberately wait to get bitten. I hadn’t realised quite how dedicated I was to my blog! But at least now I’m ready, if I get bitten again.

Zap It mosquito bite relief

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I’d love to hear your top tips for avoiding or dealing with insect bites.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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40 thoughts on “Keeping the bugs away plus giveaway

  1. Lauren Stebbings

    I hate getting bitten. We find that Lynx Africa tends to repell insects. No idea why but seems to work! Top tip has to be don’t scratch that itch. Once you scratch that’s it, you’re doomed!

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  2. Eileen Tingle

    The Oregon Hair Care Pack looks interesting.
    I was once stung on the neck by a bee while driving. My neck immediately swelled and turned a deep red. My daughter, who had watched a programme on TV the previous night on bee stings, took a bank card and pressed it over the sting while scraping out the thorn-like sting that the bee had inserted. I drove onto a chemist but, by that time the swelling and redness had gone and the chemist said she’d done the right thing. Forever in awe of her reaction!

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  3. Kerry Kilmister

    The bug balm looks really good. We are always stocked up on insect repellant, especially as my daughter is also terrified of them.

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  4. Steven S

    We try everything, bands seem to work well and we have the zapper too but that seems limited in it’s effectiveness. We also have an Aspivenin suction device which does work really well if you catch the bit early.

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  5. Joanne casey

    My son & I always attract insect bites so use everything we can! When we are abroad I always take plug-ins, repellent cream & wrist bands. We’ve used Zap-it before and have found they offer the best relief for itchy bites

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  6. fiona waterworth

    whilst there products are great we allways carry an epinephrine autoinjector as should all parents as you can never tell what bites and you are allergic too

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