8.06.2008

The Perfect Perfume

I haven't seen a mosquito since I've arrived to Cambodia, but I am confident they exist. I have the red itchy spots all over my legs and back to prove it. I brought along a bottle of my favorite bath spray, Bath and Body Works Peony (which was discontinued and made me very sad), but learned very quickly -- after day two -- that I would not be using it. Much too attractive to those little biters.

I have since traded my B&BW Peony for Off: Deep Woods. Who knew that the scent of rugged outdoorsyness could smell so sweet? I spray on a little in the morning and a douse myself before I head to bed, and voila, no more bites. Ok, well, maybe I still have a few, but I've cut the damage down a considerable amount.

Speaking of bugs, I have an ant problem. I was in the shower one morning and noticed a whole line of them crawling down my bathroom wall. Then I noticed another line of them on my bedroom wall. They also like to crawl all over my computer. I've tried scrubbing down the walls with soap and water, but that didn't help. They kept coming back. So I turned to my beloved new friend, Off. While it's not quite an insecticide, it has kept those little buggers from returning -- at least temporarily.

I'm quickly learning the lessons of resourcefulness here in Cambodia...

4 comments:

Kathryn said...

Do they have any of those little white ant traps that you can buy? They work really well. Or you can get a jar and put something sweet like honey at the bottom and get them stuck. Good luck with the bugs.

Branden said...

That's just funny how you wrote that.

matt said...

I've heard sprinkling cinnamon repels ants. It's been kind of effective at work. Kind of.

matt said...

Sprinkling cinnamon has helped us with ants at work. Sort of.