Top positive review
August 12, 2016
I just want to start off by saying that I try to use natural products whenever possible, whether I'm trying to control/repel insects or choosing food or beauty products for my family and pets. But we're building a new home in the woods, and the woods happen to be in an area that has one of the highest Lyme-carrying tick populations in the state. Making matters worse, mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, hornets...they all make being outside miserable. I can't walk from the front door to the car without being swarmed and bitten.
We have tried everything to repel these insects, and nothing works. You can't endure more than five minutes on the porch without being eaten alive. So finally, in desperation and after a ton of research, I bought this. I mixed a weak 2.5% gallon solution in a lawn and garden sprayer and doused the deck, the wood posts, the area around the porch lights, and the roof above. And for the first time ever, we were able to enjoy sitting outside for HOURS. Insects would try to fly onto the porch, but as if we'd put up a screen, they turned around and flew away without ever landing on anything.
I even sprayed some hats and clothing and let the items dry thoroughly, and amazingly, I was able to walk through the woods without getting bitten, when usually I'd suffer dozens of bites and stings. When I misted the dog with an even lighter solution than recommended, the ticks literally fell out of her coat with a quick brush and died where they fell even after getting on her the next day.
I HATE using stuff like this because I don't want to kill the good bugs and I certainly don't want to get poison on any of my loved ones, but this will definitely become our summer go-to for occasional use when needed. The instruction booklet that comes with it gives great guides for use on treated wood, raw wood, animals, chicken coops, flooring, etc., so you should be able to find exactly how much is needed for whatever use you need it for. Just remember it'll kill the good things too --it's amazing stuff, but with great power comes great responsibility... :)