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6 All-Natural Insect Repellents that Actually Work


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While some people do tend to attract more mosquitoes and bugs than others (myself included), due to their body temperature or carbon dioxide output, everyone carries the risk of finishing a relaxing summertime walk with large, red itchy welts. But are conventional insect repellents the only effective solution?

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Why you shouldn’t reach for the conventional bug spray

Conventional bug repelling sprays and lotions often contain toxic levels of N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), a chemical that most bugs find repulsive. Unfortunately, DEET has been shown to have adverse health effects when used in high quantities. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of potential DEET-related seizures and 4 deaths, confessing, “… it does appear that some cases are likely related to DEET toxicity.”

While some countries regulate insect repellents to contain no more than 30% DEET, there is no concentration limit for products sold in the U.S., meaning, some conventional insect repellents may contain up anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent DEET.

Do I really have to douse myself in chemicals to ward off bug bites?

Of course not! Luckily, there are several all natural scents and oils that effectively repel mosquitoes and other insects. I’ve listed six of my favorite options below. When these are applied topically, you can bet even the most determined mosquito will bug off. In fact, I can personally confirm that these work well and (for the most part) offer up a pleasant scent.

I’ve also heard there are some great ways to keep the bugs away without the spray. Things like mosquito repellent bracelets, electromagnetic pest repellents and candles are said to be pretty effective for everyday use off the trails. (I recently ordered a few of the bracelets to try so I’ll update this article after I try them.)

6 DEET-Free Bug Sprays That Actually Work

1. Bite Blocker Organic Insect Repellent Spray

2. Badger Anti-Bug Balm,citronella & Rosemary

3. Tick Tock Naturals Organic Insect Repellent

4. Victoria’s Lavender Organic Bug Repellent

5. Nantucket Spider (Citronella free)

6. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent

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2 responses to “6 All-Natural Insect Repellents that Actually Work”

  1. rosemarie annonson says:

    I’m from Wisconsin where some years we have more blood sucking bugs than others. This year was pretty bad for tics. Not only was I picking them up out of doors but my cats I think were bring them in then sleeping on my bed and sharing with me. I started using Avon Skin So Soft after every shower and haven’t had one on me since. Is Skin So Soft SAFE?

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