There are Safe and Natural Insect Repellents

By Carolin 

I love summer but sometimes the 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 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)
  1. Fill spray bottle  1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel and fill almost to the top
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
  4. 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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9 Responses to “There are Safe and Natural Insect Repellents”

  1. on June 22nd, 2008 5:02 pm

    There are safe and natural insect repellents |…

    Toxic DEET is not the only way to get rid of those annoying bugs….

  2. Sandy on June 23rd, 2008 9:17 am

    I was glad to read about the natural repellent. For some reason the bugs just love me, when I shower or when I don’t. I have a real problem with the bugs I call ‘no seeums’ I will try your spray and let you know how it does.

    Thanks for the article…but keep the bugs to yourself…LOL


  3. Stan from Perfume on April 21st, 2009 3:57 pm

    Eating a lot of garlic will repel a lot of people though…lol

  4. Carolin on April 25th, 2009 11:48 am


  5. Mind Lost In Green on June 4th, 2009 5:02 am

    Eat a lot of garlic.
    I wonder if it works. Garlic got strong smell. You don’t brush your teeth to keep the smell ?

    Mind Lost In Greens last blog post..Happy Fruits from Orange Planting

  6. Carolin on June 4th, 2009 10:34 pm

    Parsley is a great help to avoid smelling bad after eating garlic.

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  8. garden gifts on April 22nd, 2010 12:16 pm

    Hi Carolin. I’ll be travelling to Jamaica soon and I am so grateful to you for posting your tips! I get bitten a lot by mosquitoes over there, they are an absolute nightmare every time I go and though I’ve heard lots of tips for repelling them, I’ve never seen yours before! I’ll definitely be trying these and I’ll be back to let you know how it goes

  9. Carolin on April 22nd, 2010 12:26 pm

    Jamaica, sounds wonderful. I’ve allways wanted to go there. Good luck keeping the mosquitoes away.

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