How can something so small be so annoying?I’ve heard it said more than once that the Blue Ridge Mountains are “God’s Country.” I guess the bugs missed the memo…they seem to think they run things around these parts, and attack with an apocalyptic vengeance. No more, we say! Here we’ve rounded up the most contemporary ways to stave off this plague.For decades we’ve been using harsh chemicals to combat these critters, but there are natural, safer options circling the market. We all know DEET is bad, but unfortunately, finding an effective alternative has been a challenge.Thankfully Natrapel has arrived. A DEET-free product that contains a 20-percent Picaridin formula, the spray lasts eight hours and actually works. No more bites or stings from mosquitos, black flies or ticks. The formula is safe to use around clothing, children, and fishing lines.Another option? Make your own homemade bug spray! It’s easier than it sounds. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create a soothing and effective spray that can be sprayed directly onto skin or clothing.This spray begins with Witch Hazel, a shrub derived extract that is commonly used as an astringent. Next we add Jojoba oil, another shrub derivative, that aids in the absorption of oils into our skin. Then we move onto Essential Oils, plant and resin extracts that are highly concentrated and effective. We’ve chosen a combination of oils that naturally repel insects, but remain safe and harmless to human skin. While humans find their scent appealing, bugs flee away from them. We finish the mixture off with distilled water, which has most of the impurities removed. The result is an all natural bug spray that combines the pleasant scent of lavender, minty freshness of tea tree and spa soothing eucalyptus.1. Begin with 4 oz spray bottle. (A dark colored bottle is prefered.)2. Add 2 tbsp Witch Hazel3. Add 2 tbsp Jojoba Oil4. Add Essential Oils:-20 drops Lavender Oil-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil-5 drops Tea Tree Oil-5 drops Citronella5. Replace spray cap and shake to blend ingredients.6. Remove cap, fill almost to the top of the bottle with distilled water. Shake again.7. Spray and enjoy!Hesitant to put anything at all on you or your child’s skin? Try the new Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket from Columbia. This lightweight zip up jacket not only creates a physical barrier between you and the bugs, but actually repels the bugs. Using their Insect Blocker technology, the mesh helps keep mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other flying insects away. The drawcord adjustable hem at the bottom allows you to cinch the jacket to your body to keep bugs from flying up into the jacket, while the hood helps cover your head and neck. Long sleeve shirts and pants are also available for both men and women.Ready to keep your entire picnic area or patio pest free? The ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Outdoor Lantern offers a 15’ x 15’ zone of protection. Using the heat created from a butane cartridge, repellent is released into the air from a small mat that has been saturated in insect repellent. The vapor released is kid and pet friendly and repels mosquitos,black flies and other flying pests. The adjustable lantern also works as a great light source without worrying about a candle or open flame. We found the vapor to be odorless and the bugs disappeared within 10 minutes of turning on. The butane cartridges and insect repellent mats are replaceable, so be sure to stock up on replacements when you order your lantern.
Captain Jose Fonte is expected to play for the Saints after missing last week due to a late return from pre-season.It’s also likely that world record signing Paul Pogba will get some game time for the Red Devils.There’s also one game tonight in the Airtricity League Premier Division. Galway United will host Bray Wanderers in a 7.45 start at Eamonn Deacy Park.In the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Athlone Town host Shamrock Rovers, while Bohemians face Derry City at Dalymount Park.St Pat’s will take-on Limerick at Richmond Park.Those three games all kick-off at 7.45, while there’s an 8 o’clock start between Wexford Youths and Sligo Rovers in Ferrycarrig Park.
President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has highlighted the poor economic standards in the country as the major contributing factor to player exodus.Speaking to Asempa Sports, Nyantakyi, who was endorsed last week to spearhead football in the country for another four years believed this current issue of players leaving the shores of the country to play elsewhere was not limited to only Ghana.“Player exodus is everywhere. Even in South America especially Brazil. There are more Brazilian players in Europe but their game has not deteriorated,” he said.The FA President further went on to offer his thoughts on possible solutions to curbing the exodus.“To stop the exodus, you must pay competitive wages and salaries to retain players. What is the highest salary we pay a player? It is less than $2000 so if a contract comes for a player to go to Bangladesh and Vietnam for $5000, he will go.”“If he is denied, his family will cry foul.” In addition to this, Nyantakyi believed club owners could also play a part in curbing the exodus should they be able to raise money to pay the players appreciable salaries.“The exodus will see no end once economic conditions are unbearable. Unless club owners are able to raise money to retain players.”The league, currently on a two-week break, will resume on the September 6 for the penultimate and final round of matches. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag