The other night we enjoyed a delicious dinner alfresco in the (finally) warm summer air. It was gorgeous, good food and wine, great conversation, highly entertaining antics from the dogs and a deliciously warm evening to laze about in.
The problem was we weren't the only ones enjoying dinner in the warm summer air. Despite various traps and repellents, the mosquitoes were out doing their worst.
Poor S got particularly attacked - even mosquitoes know how sweet he is - and soon had a number of swollen bite sites. However we fixed him up in no time flat with a trick we discovered a few years ago. All you do is break a leaf off an aloe vera plant and squeeze the juice directly on. It is amazing how well and instantly it works.
The fresh plant definitely works better than a bought lotion and the plants are easy to grow - just keep them away from frost. So if you are one of those people who the mozzies target, get yourself an aloe vera plant!