As I made my way to the garden for my morning harvest, I was greeted by swarms of mosquitoes (they are much worse than usual this year). I ran back towards the house and applied my Burts Bees All Natural Insect Repellent.
I'm sort of on the fence on the topic of DEET, but since I'm taking the "why chance it" approach to our new lifestyle I've decided to abstain from using it. DEET is the same chemical used in nerve gas, and could possibly damage the human nervous system. Chances are low if it's applied correctly (apply to clothing and not directly onto your skin). The EPA is planning to do a more extensive study on the chemical in 2012. Until then, I'll err on the side of cation.