BESIDES A WATCH AND A WEDDING BAND, I never wear jewelry; rings and things interfere with my writing, gardening, and piano-playing interests. Nevertheless, I do wear a scented, bright-yellow bracelet while gardening at dusk. This odd bit of adornment is called the “Super Band,” and it keeps mosquitoes away:
Made of polyethelene that’s been saturated with the oils of Geraniol, Lemongrass, and Citronella, the Super Band repels insects naturally. I can tell you it effectively repels mosquitoes and gnats; the manufacturer, Evergreen Research, claims it keeps bees, yellow jackets and flies at bay, too.
My wrist-piece came from the Capital District Flower & Garden festival. A vendor there offered the trinkets for $1.00 each. Thinking guests would appreciate them during summer garden parties, I bought six. (Better to hand out bracelets than to candy-coat everyone with bug-spray, right?) The vendor suggested storing the band in a zip-lock bag when not in use, otherwise, once removed from the original packaging, the band’s maximum effectiveness is limited to 200 hours.
Where to buy the Super Band? First, check with your local, independent garden store. If they don’t carry the bracelets, you can order from Safety Company.
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