Biting bugs really love me. I’ve tried spray repellents, electronic repellent thingamabobs, wrist bands—all of it. Nothing has ever succeeded in keeping mosquito-ninjas from attacking me. I believed nothing would—except remaining behind closed doors. Until now.
Earlier this year, I attended the North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka near Orlando, Florida. Most of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon don’t think much about mosquitos in January. However, in Florida, mosquitoes are an issue year-round, especially in the marshy wetlands where so many magnificent birds can be found.
My colleague Kelly Ball and I were attending the festival for the first time. We were honored to be selling optics and gear on behalf of Redstart Birding. As we arrived at Lake Apopka before sunrise on our first morning of birding, I immediately saw swarms of hungry-looking mosquitoes swirling around our birdvan. I winced. “This is gonna be an itchy week for me. Ugh.”
Then I remembered that we had brought Insect Shield Scarves to sell at the festival. We’ve carried these scarves at RedstartBirding.com for a year or so, but I had never tried one. Customers seem to love them—we have to restock them repeatedly—and they’re actually quite attractive (unlike some birding attire). I got out of the van, opened the rear hatch while wildly swatting skeeters from my face, and dug out two Insect Shield Scarves to try.
I tore open the package, and threw a bright coral scarf loosely around my neck. How was this pretty pink thing going to keep the vampire bloodsuckers away from me? My expectations were low, but it didn’t smell weird, look weird, or feel weird. What was so special about this scarf? I tossed a sage-green scarf to Kelly, and she draped it over her shoulders as we gingerly stepped out of the van and into the swarm.
Do you remember that scene in The Ten Commandments where Moses parts the Red Sea? That’s what happened as I approached my nemesis bugs. They fled like cockroaches under a light bulb! My secret weapon was powerful, and it was working! Kelly and I stood among our enemies, unbothered by their bites or presence.
This scarf offers versatile protection from insects wherever I go: on birding adventures, walks with the grandkids, around town, and dining outdoors. It repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges, and the bug protection will last the expected lifetime of the scarf! It can be washed up to 70 times and still retain its repellent power. This soft, oversized weapon will become your favorite take-along accessory. It’s ideal for traveling because it’s lightweight and fits easily in a side zipper pouch or any tiny nook in your over-stuffed luggage. Wear it as a shawl to cover your shoulders and torso. Drape it over your legs at the dinner table, or simply wear it around your neck. However you use it, you’ll always want it with you.
What’s the magic that makes this scarf so effective? It’s treated with an EPA-registered proprietary permethrin formula. The scarves come not only in bright colors but also some neutral, less-flashy, birding-friendly tones as well.
We sold every last one of the scarves we’d brought on that trip, to both men and women. People were amazed when they saw how well these scarves worked, and they had to have them. That was the first time I have ever returned home from a mosquito-filled birding event without being covered in bug bites.
The biggest skeptic and biting-bug-target in the universe is sold on this product and recommends you get armed and ready for the spring battle of the bugs and claim yours today. Trust me, this will be $24.95 (plus shipping) well spent!
About the Author
Wendy Clark is the president and publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a career communications specialist, and an avid birder. She has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in Marietta, Ohio.