There are Safe and Natural Insect Repellents
I love summer but sometimes the mosquitoes take away the pleasure.
They are not only annoying. With more diseases spreading through insects they are potentiality dangerous.
Luckily, the number of human cases of West Nile infection in the US dropped to 3630 in 2007 after the peak of 4269 in 2006. What will happen this year?
It is a though call. We need to protect ourselves from mosquito bites but insect repellents are toxic.
Most insect repellents contain DEET. DEET is toxic and potentially fatal if swallowed. As we apply DEET it is absorbed through the skin.
When using conventional toxic insect repellent. I highly recommend that you put the repellent on your clothes instead of on your skin. Wear long selves and pants and apply the mosquito repellent on the clothes before you put them on.
The best way to make sure that you don’t put anything toxic on your skin is by making your own bug spray.
Homemade Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients: Lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil
Directions: Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil. Rub or spray on skin.
Use Vanilla Extract to Repell Bugs
You can just rub vanilla extract on the skin. This will make you smell get to people at the same time as you repel mosquitoes.
For a vanilla bug spray mix vanilla with witch hazel and water.
Homemade Bug Spray with Essential Olis
- Essential oils: choose from Catnip, Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
- Natural Witch Hazel
- Distilled or boiled Water
- Vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Fill spray bottle 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
- Add witch hazel and fill almost to the top
- Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray.
Did you know that research has shown that the essential oil of catnip is 10 times more effective as DEET?
More natural ways to avoid mosquito bites are:
- Eat a lot of garlic. It does not only repel mosquitoes it is also great for your overall health.
- Do not use perfumes as they attract mosquitoes. Remember that you shampoo, deodorant and skin care probably also contain perfume.
- Plant natural repellents such as marigold, lavender and rosemary around the yard, especially around your deck.
- Don’t use clothing with contrasting colors. Then the mosquitoes will see you better.
- Get a bat. If you build or buy a bat house, a bat may move in and start killing thousands of mosquitoes every night.
Do you want to make your own chemical free bug repellent? Check out this article on Garden Mandy.
And check out this really cool mosquito repellent to spray in your garden.
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