No matter how prepared I want to think I am, I will never be 100% prepared for 100% of what may come my way. It isn’t only that I cannot afford to buy and store everything I may need but I just don’t think of everything.
In our area, we never have mosquito issues. I may have killed half a dozen mosquitoes the almost three years I’ve been here, til last week. We had over 7″ of rain Memorial Day weekend and . . don’t ask me where all the mosquitoes came from since they’ve never been here before, but I’m telling you . . they’ll about carry you off out there now. I’ve been using Avon Skin So Soft, which also works great to keep the gnats away, AND using the one bottle of bug spray that we bought last week, before the mosquitoes got bad. We had bought the container of bug spray with DEET because we were going to be in the woods where ticks are bad . . not around here but to a place we were visiting.
Last night we were in Wal-Mart in sporting goods and people kept coming in asking for mosquito spray. Nope, they were out. Apparently every place in town is out. The newspaper recently had an article about dumping standing stagnant water around our homes and what the county is doing to try to help curb the mosquito population.
Most of the spray we had in MO was in aerosol cans and couldn’t be moved so we didn’t bring it with us and just hadn’t seen a need to buy it here. Thank goodness we bought the one container last week or we would be without any spray and working outside would be almost impossible right now.
I think of the families at the ball park, or children playing outside and having no mosquito repellent. It isn’t the kind of thing I use on a daily basis or would recommend but with the West Nile threat, I’m definitely using mosquito spray. I’ve tried various homemade recipes in the past, with limited success, but with the invasion of mosquitoes we have right now, I’m not even sure the harsh chemical sprays are doing a heck of a lot of good. They’re even biting me through my jeans and long sleeve shirts, not to mention the constant buzzing around my head . . that’s almost as bad as the bite.
Vince and I were talking about it this morning and I told him . . it’s isn’t the fact that there’s no mosquito spray to be found, but what bothers me is that I feel pretty prepared for everything and this little incident just proved to me that we never think of everything! This will pass. Next week or the next week, the stores will get a new stock of mosquito spray but hopefully, by then, the mosquitoes will be gone.