Mosquitoes love to bite me. I’ve got that special something (unfortunately) that attracts mosquitoes. In a group of people, I’m always the one mosquitoes bite 10 times while others have none or only a few bites. Even worse, my bites swell into huge palm-sized welts. I’m not sure if that qualifies me as allergic to mosquitoes, but if anything I’m definitely extra sensitive. Given my history with mosquitoes and my past appearance on the show, the Dr. Oz show invited me on its summer investigation episode about bug sprays.
This was my second guest appearance on the show. My first appearance was last year when I discussed healthy eating and tried Dr. Oz’s new cleanse plan. I enjoyed both appearances as I’m a big fan of the Dr. Oz Show. Plus it’s always interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes to tape a show.
In my most recent studio taping, I provided the “mom” and “mosquitoes love me” perspective. After my introductory remarks, the producers played a video that showed volunteers trying different kinds of bug repellents (natural and non-natural). The volunteers then exposed their limbs to mosquitoes to see what worked and didn’t work (brave souls!). After the video played, I provided commentary on the tests we just viewed. Dr. Oz. then moved on to speak with Inside Edition correspondent Ann Mercogliano who discussed natural alternatives for chemical-based bug sprays and what to look out for on bug sprays containing DEET.
Unfortunately the show edited out my commentary after the video played. That’s too bad, because there were some interesting options to comment about. The Inside Edition correspondent also provided commentary and that’s what the show kept (she was the main guru, I get it). It was interesting to see the bug repellent bracelets and phone bug repellent app tests (both didn’t work). Not surprisingly, bug sprays with DEET worked the best to repel mosquitoes. For an effective natural option, tests showed that the oil from lemon eucalyptus was effective for up to 7 hours.
To view the video (shortened clip) provided on the Dr. Oz Show website, click on the video headline or the video image below.
The second video below shows the full segment (including volunteers doing the mosquito tests). It is a video taken of the episode as it was playing on the TV. An acquaintance of a friend of mine happened to record it because she was interested in the topic. My friend by chance watched the video and saw me.
Unfortunately I missed watching the episode. I never received a promise email notification from the show (boo hoo). Even though I was checking the episode guide on the show’s website as well, I still missed it because my segment was buried under the “Low Calorie Ice Cream” episode header (I didn’t expect bug sprays to fall under ice cream). So here’s the video; the audio and visuals aren’t that sharp because it’s a video of a video. However it does provide the full range of tests to view. Click on the video header or the image to be taken to the video.
Stay safe this summer when it comes to mosquitoes. I hope you enjoyed the videos and found them informative!