Choosing the Best Mosquito Spray

There are easily a million and a half things you can try to keep pesky insects at bay: citronella candles, Tiki torches, bug zappers, wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts. Once you step outside the security of your home on a summer evening or venture off on a long walk in the woods, mosquito spray becomes a sticky, smelly, necessary evil. If you’re going to have to put up with mosquito spray’s unpleasantness, you should get the safest and most effective product your hard-earned money can buy.

Thankfully, Today Health and Wellness’s Consumer Reports have decided upon a list of the top five insect repellents for 2015.

  1. Sawyers Fisherman’s Formula
  2. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
  3. Repel Scented Family
  4. Off! Deep Woods VIII
  5. Natrapel 8 Hour

According to Today, all of these products repelled mosquitoes and deer ticks for at least seven hours. The difference between these products lies in their active ingredients. Sawyers Fisherman’s Formula and Natrapel 8 Hour rely on picaridin; Repel Lemon Eucalyptus relies on, well, the oil of lemon eucalyptus; and Repel Scented Family and Off! Deep Woods VIII rely on DEET.

The Center for Disease Control recommends using products that contain DEET as they provide the best protection against mosquito bites. The CDC tells us that DEET is not harmful, so long as it is being used correctly, though it cautions that some people have experienced rashes after using excessive amounts of products with high levels of DEET. It should not be used on children under the age of two months. For a helpful fact sheet about DEET, click here.

Picaridin and lemon eucalyptus oil, thought by the CDC to be less effective, are also safe and tend to be less poignantly scented. However, lemon eucalyptus oil products should not be used on children under the age of three-years-old, according to Today. Of course, lemon eucalyptus oil is a natural, plant-based oil and might interest those of you ladies hoping to live more naturally. The consumer reports suggested that other repellents with natural ingredients like citronella, rosemary and lemongrass simply were no match for the bugs.


Local Dealership Promotes Team Member Female paves her way in male dominant industry!

Bob Pion Buick GMC is excited to announce the promotion of Sara Kapinos to Business Manager. A dealership is only as good as the people who manage it. When the position became available, the team knew Sara was the perfect fit.

Kapinos had been with Bob Pion Buick GMC for six and a half years before leaving for a career in private school admissions. In 2015, Kapinos returned to the dealership where she has continued to thrive. “Sara always had a special connection to the customers. With this promotion, she will be able to continue to build those connections, as well as develop the staff into a cohesive team” shares Rob Pion, grandson of founder Bob Pion.

In an industry dominated by men, Sara stands out for all the right reasons. This is an even bigger challenge for her as she is only 4 feet, 11 inches tall. “I would say I surprise people,” she laughs, “I mean a guy will come in looking for a super powerful truck and think ‘how can this little lady help me find what I am looking for’ and before you know it we’re chatting horsepower and torque.”

As the new Business Manager, Kapinos will be managing the whole sales operation. This will not only include looking at sales strategies and training the staff, but she will continue to develop long-term customer relationships. “I get excited by being able to help someone get what they truly want when they have a need for a vehicle, without all the runaround”, she shares. Kapinos, a Chicopee native, is a proud Mom to eleven-year-old Ava and thirteen-year-old Evan.


Sarah Bob Pion promotion 2017

“Women to Watch” Business Organization Western Mass looking for new members


If you are a professional and want to lead the next generation into the future then you need to be a part of this “WOMEN TO WATCH” Business Organization of Western Mass team! New officers of the organization will be meeting in the fall for a round table flash session. Everyone who joins will have an opportunity to present ideas to the group on how we can assist new entrepreneurs secure professional speakers, leads for goods and services and other ideas to help the business women of Western Mass and building the local economy. Now I KNOW you are a leader, so what are you waiting for?? Sign up today and see what you can do to make change! You will be soooo happy you did! Come to the Women to Watch Business Organization Facebook page and sign up today! Meetings will start in October 2017!