Not many of my friends in the US are having problems with insects right now. Although I do know a few people in Texas who have been pestered with lingering bobcats. At least it isn’t as bad as the migration of skunks in California. I’m sure there are ways to get rid of both unwanted bobcats and skunks, although I’m not familiar with any of them.
One thing I have become a little more familiar with is insects. And not of my own accord. Here in Costa Rica there seems to be waves of encroachment by flies, mosquitos, gnats, and other unidentifiable winged critters. The good part is that with the blustery, January winds the bugs aren’t much of an issue now.
I’ve discovered a great way to repel those unwanted pests. It’s become part of my daily routine. Take your favorite lotion (scented or unscented) and add a couple of drops of olive oil. It works great. It isn’t harmful like the other spray-on repellents that may contain deet or other harmful chemicals (not to mention the funky odor). You can do the same with sunscreen to have a bug/sun block in one. If you swim or sweat, you have to reapply more often. For convenience, I took a small squeeze-bottle (honey) and filled it with portions of lotion and oil. But it doesn’t keep well, so only make as much as you can use within a short time.
It happens to be summer here in Costa Rica. And even though there are only a few malaria regions left (none of which are near here), one concern is dengue fever. I know summer in Texas brings the fear of West Nile. So, it’s good to know of an inexpensive way to keep me and my family safe.
This past weekend, while in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, I learned about a popular dish–ceviche de cucaracha. At first, I was disgusted by the thought of insect salad! Fortunately, it is a type of fish served there. I know some cultures eat and enjoy insects. I’m content not to. Hopefully, this evening I’ll enjoy an insect-free environment while eating ceviche de pescado. My husband and I have date night. And I know we both will prefer enjoying our salads of fish and shrimp without being bothered.