Keep bugs away from your next Summer soiree with the help of natural bug repellents. You'll be amazed at how easy these insect stoppers come together with materials you already have in your home. Along with being helpful, all of these bug-free solutions cost just about nothing to put together. Click through for a collection of natural DIYs that will keep bugs from raining on your parade.
Before you head out on your next hike, take the time to make this quick, easy, and eco-friendly tick repellent, which keeps those nasty suckers away thanks to vinegar. And this DIY spray costs basically nothing to make and really works. Along with dousing yourself with repellent, knowing how to properly remove a tick keeps you safe and sound from Lyme disease this Summer. An added bonus: this spray is safe to use on your pup, too.
Keep bugs away from your favorite indoor or outdoor plants with this eco-friendly spray that won't hurt your vegetation. Warmer weather attracts all kinds of pesky insects to fauna, which you don't want buzzing around your home. Keep your favorite flowers free of unwanted pests with simple ingredients that you have on hand. And this spray costs basically nothing to make and safely keeps cats and dogs from munching on your pretty plants too.
Whether sitting outdoors or relaxing in your home, keep bugs away with this natural bug repellent that really works. From dissuading mosquitoes to interrupting an ant invasion, this bug spray is made from ingredients that are all-natural and safe. Instead of smelling harsh chemicals, you'll waft a lovely scent at your next outdoor gathering while staying bite-free. And after picking up the main ingredients, this repellent costs less than a $1 per bottle to make.
You've probably read about the powerful chemical DEET that is found in most bug sprays. When repellent with DEET is sprayed onto the skin, it's absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. With longterm use, DEET can cause insomnia and mood changes and other nasty side effects. According to the EPA, if used as directed, bug sprays containing DEET are not harmful to us, although longterm exposure can be.
Rather than put your health at risk with DEET-filled sprays, here are some nontoxic options that are just as effective.
I seem to be a magnet for mosquitoes. Whether I'm trail running or just hanging out at a friend's backyard barbecue, those suckers find me and start a feeding frenzy. If you too constantly suffer from the stinging bites of skeeters, you're probably wondering which bug spray will work the best without causing your body harm.
To find out, continue reading.
Although the EPA has said in the past that if used as directed, bug sprays containing DEET are not harmful to humans, does this new study change your mind?
I'm going on a week-long camping and hiking trip, and my destination is bound to be infested with mosquitoes. I want to get a bug spray that really works, but I've heard the only ones you can count on contain DEET. Is this chemical really that bad for me? I really don't want to deal with tons of itchy bites and definitely don't want to catch West Nile Virus. — Doubting DEET Diana
I can understand your concern, as there has been a lot of bad talk about DEET. To find out if you should go DEET-free, read more
As soon as I set foot in the woods, mosquitoes flock to me. If you too become a feeding ground for these buggers, I'm sure you're looking for a powerful bug spray that will keep you from getting bit.
Many sprays contain the chemical DEET, which I'm sure you've heard can be harmful to humans. The EPA says that if used as directed, bug sprays containing DEET are not harmful to us, although long-term exposure is. When you spray it on your skin, it gets absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. It pumps through your nervous system and has been proven to kill brain cells, causing neurological damage. If you have heavy exposure to DEET, you may experience memory loss, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and shortness of breath. Mosquito bites aren't looking so bad now, huh?
DEET could be considered a poison, but the EPA feels that small doses are OK for us. So if you're using a product containing DEET, follow the directions on the bottle. Don't over-apply, and as soon as you go inside, wash your skin off with soap and water.
Does DEET freak you out? To see your other options read more
Now that summer is almost here, mosquitos are going crazy. You are probably looking for a good insect repellent to discourage those buggers from biting.
Many bug sprays these days are made with a powerful chemical called DEET. Sure bugs hate it, but did you know that it's toxic to humans? When you apply it to your skin, it gets absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. It pumps through your nervous system and DEET has been proven to kill brain cells, causing neurological damage. With heavy exposure to DEET, humans may experience memory loss, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and shortness of breath. I'll take a mosquito bite over that any day.
I'm not saying you should forgo the insect repellent altogether - just look for DEET-free alternatives. Picaridin is DEET-free, and found in some newer insect repellents and ones geared toward children and families like OFF!® FamilyCare. However, it is recommended that Picaridin be applied to children no more than twice daily, which makes me wonder if I want to apply it even once!
There are also natural alternatives such as Natrapel Plus ($6.99 for 4 oz pump spray). It works for up to 4 hours, which is great, but it's made with citronella, so you may not like the smell. Crocodile Natural Insect Repellent ($8.50 for 2 oz bottle of lotion) contains no DEET or citronella, repels insects for hours, and is made with organically grown herbs, so you may prefer this scent over the Natrapel Plus. Of course, these don't work as well as DEET, but at least they're not harmful to you.
Fit's Tips: Be sure to check your sunscreen - some contain DEET.
If you have success with any other DEET-free insect repellents, please tell me about it in the comments section below.