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Beautiful Bug Busters

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

Beautiful Bug Busters

Who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the porch on a mild summer evening? Anyone whose sweet skin is tasty to mosquitos, that’s who. Even if you can get past the heat (shade and misters usually will do the trick), the bugs often prove too much to handle. And aside from heat and flying creepies, nothing spoils an al fresco dinner party more than the scent and stick of bug spray. Eww. Fortunately a Forest Hills family possessing long-proven olfactory prowess came up with the perfect solution in their Skeeter Screen line of mildly scented pest deterrents. In the early ’70s, Mark Stuart’s family had a little retail shop in Old Town shopping center. He worked the register when he was 10, went to Bishop Lynch High School, moved away, went to college and started a family before moving back to Forest Hills, next door to his parents’ (his childhood) home. “I didn’t realize how much I loved that neighborhood until I moved away,” he says. Stuart’s parents John and Jean, both schooled scientists, turned the business into a perfumery. They eventually moved their store, Scent Shop, to Garland. Now it’s all things fragrance — candles, sprays, oils, soaps, you name it — and Stuart, his two brothers and his parents, now in their 80s, run the store. The Skeeter Screen products are so popular that many neighborhood stores — Tee Hee Greetings, Sample House and the Dallas Arboretum gift shop, for example — also sell them. Skeeter Screen items are made with the Stuart family’s blend of all-natural essential oils from cedar, rosemary, peppermint, clove and thyme. The mix emits a scent that is pleasant to humans yet unbearable to mosquitos. The line includes candles, sprays, reed diffusers and, most recently, the popular patio egg. “It’s a ceramic egg, a universal symbol,” Stuart notes. He says his mom’s decorative ostrich egg inspired the idea. The small aesthetic egg eliminates most bugs within 200-300 square feet and works for...

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Mosquitoes Beware…

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

Mosquitoes Beware…

…There’s A New Repellent In Town The Skeeter Screen Patio Egg deters mosquitoes with natural oils. By TIM TUNE Special Contributor Dallas Morning News Published: 04 April 2012 10:40 PM Mosquitoes already are buzzing around the garden, and it won’t be long before the pests will be out in numbers. Some believe the mild winter will contribute to an early and increased mosquito population. Many biological, chemical and mechanical products are available for repelling mosquitoes, flies, no-see-ums (tiny, hard-to-see biting flies) and other airborne nuisances. There are sprays, citrus-scented candles, smoldering coils, wicks, foggers, bug-zapping lights and others. Garland-based Scent Shop has offered Skeeter Screen repellent oil for about five years, first as a personal spray. It has other Skeeter Screen products for home use, such as a reed diffuser. Last year the company introduced the Patio Egg for outdoor use. It uses the Skeeter Screen oil and requires no power cords, batteries or flames. The egg is a porous ceramic vessel into which is poured the Skeeter Screen, a mixture of essential oils from cedar, rosemary, peppermint, clove and thyme, according to Mark Stuart of Scent Shop. As the oil migrates through the porous ceramic, the herbal scent will “hatch” within 24 hours, he says. The egg’s bottom is glazed so it sits firmly on a flat surface and the oil doesn’t seep out. The Patio Egg comes with a sling from which it also can be hung from a tree or plant hanger, Stuart says. Stuart says the Skeeter Screen is effective over a space of about 200 square feet. That is a surprisingly large range for a product that is not burned, sprayed or spread, especially since it doesn’t contain DEET, the primary active chemical found in the most popular repellent products. DEET is used annually by about one-third of the U.S. population in liquids, lotions and sprays applied directly to skin or clothing, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Considered by the EPA to be “slightly toxic,” it has been known to cause seizures in children. Stuart says the effectiveness claim has been established by the company’s tests, experience and user testimonials since the Skeeter Screen oil was introduced five years ago. The oil “emits the fragrance all day and all night,” he says. The oil is “safe for children and pets,” emits a scent that “people like and biting insects hate, yet kills no insect good or bad,” a Scent Shop news release says. The Patio Egg is available at scentshop.com and also at the SampleHouse & CandleShop (samplehouseonline.com), with five Dallas-area...

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Over Easy

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

Over Easy

The Patio Egg gets rid of pesky pests This year, mosquitoes are proving to be more than just a nuisance. And while the city deliberates its next course of action in the war against the insects, let us introduce to your anti-mosquito arsenal a defense far better than the garden-variety citronella candle. It’s the Skeeter Screen Patio Egg and, fittingly, it was hatched right in our own backyard: North Dallas. Created by the Garland-based Scent Shop, the Patio Egg is simply a porous ceramic vessel. But once you fill it with Skeeter Screen–the company’s patented mosquito-repelling formulation–you’ll be on your way to skeeter-less surroundings. The DEET-free repellent is derived from natural essential oils, and the kit comes with an attractive crocheted holder that makes for easy hanging installation. Scent Shop, a family-owned business that began as a perfume store in the 1970s, is clearly dedicated to engineering fine aromas, no matter their purpose. In fact, the Skeeter Screen’s odor is quite pleasant, almost a cross between a fragrant flower and, well, Froot Loops. Finally, something sweet comes out of this rather unpleasant situation. Read more:...

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