(Closed) Bugs.

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My best idea would be to try to find a time when the bugs aren’t as hungry for the ceremony.  Is the buffet outside too?  IF so, then I see a big problem without bug spray or citronella.  If it is only the ceremony, keep it short and before the bugs come out in full force and you should be okay.

I hate bugs — I lived in North Carolina for awhile and the bugs just about chased me out of the state!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with trying to find a time when the bugs are less likely to be bothersome for the celebration. Also, and I’m well aware that this sounds completely crazy, I did hear a rumor that mosquitos are repelled by mouthwash (I’m not sure if it’s the smell or the alcohol content or what). I know someone who sprayed all around themselves for repellent during a Fourth of July celebration. They claimed they ended the night with no bites and attributed it to the mouthwash (mixed in a spray bottle with some water); I think it may have had something to do with the smoke from the fireworks! Like I said, I’ve never tried it, and I know it sounds crazy, but….

Post # 6
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497 posts
Helper bee

Oooo…good question.  I went to a wedding where the bugs came out and believe you me, people were VERY VERY thankful that there had been individual packages of bug spray towelettes at every place setting.  So thankful that the smell of DEET was not even a consideration. 

At our wedding, we provided the same thing, but the bugs never came.  Still, if there is even the slightest chance of it getting buggy, I would provide them.  Just make sure that people know they are bug wipes and not handi-wipes.  We had a few people try to wash their faces with them 🙂

Also, I wrote about a product that i didn’t end up using here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/10/buggin-out/

It would certainly address your concern about people not smelling like bug spray, but you wouldn’t be able to convince everyone to take it a couple of hours before your event which is why we didn’t go with it in the end.

 

Post # 7
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948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Thanks for posting this question!  The mosquitos in Jamaica are intense, and we will need to provide something for our guests each night. 

Corn, I hadn’t read that post of yours, but I am thinking of ordering those and putting them in the Out of Town bags with a little note.  Thanks!!

Post # 8
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81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Avon makes a bug repellent lotion that smells AMAZING and works! http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?from=product.aspx&pf_id=7894&from=search&find_spec=SSS+bug&camp=200903&dir_delivery=1&rep_delivery=1

They also make towelettes of the same product: http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?pf_id=33985&from=search&find_spec=SSS%20bug&camp=200903&dir_delivery=1&rep_delivery=1 

They may not be the most cost-effective option, but they smell nice 🙂 

Post # 11
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765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I second the Skin So Soft by Avon.  I’m from Jacksonville, Florida and the bugs there are awful!  We used to put SSS all over us growing up and it smells good.

Post # 12
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5822 posts
Bee Keeper

This may be beside the point, but most insect repellants don’t repel insects.  They just make you invisible to them.  Remember that kids shouldn’t apply insect repellant themselves, and you shouldn’t use anything more than 30% DEET on kids.  Other than that, I think using towlettes is VERY smart and your guests will thank you!  Kudos!

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