Summer is approaching, a season that we expect all year long, staying in our gardens over a cold beverage, making barbecue parties, or simply enjoying our cup of coffee. However, although we have waited the season so long, we have also welcomed the various insects and bugs that can be really annoying. They are not only in our gardens, but as well as everywhere outside, in the beach, in the park, etc.
Bugs appear in spring and summer in their full extent, and no matter how much we love these seasons, these tiny, but sometimes bloodsucking insects can be a real nuisance.
Naturally, there is a wide range of commercial repellents, which in most cases are highly effective, but with numerous side effects. They contain plenty of harmful chemicals that may cause skin irritations, upset stomach, respiratory issues, coughing, and so on.
There is no need to immediately turn to these chemical repellents when there are numerous natural solutions that are as effective as the commercial ones, but without any side effects.
For instance, essential oils are powerful insect repellents that for sure will not endanger your health and the health of your close ones. Plus, several of them are ideal solutions for keeping mosquitoes at bay, including citronella, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, catnip, lavender, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, and geranium. Potent flea repellents are areeucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, cedarwood, citronella, lavender, orange, and pine. When ticks are concerned, then juniper, thyme, oregano, and grapefruit essential oils will perfectly do the job.
Moreover, you can prepare your own homemade bug spray, just follow reading and find out how.
DIY All-purpose Bug Spray
- 10 to 12 drops of Eucalyptus
- 10 to 12 drops of Citronella
- 10 to 12 drops of Lemongrass
- 10 drops of Lavender
- 1-15 oz. bottle of witch hazel
It is always handy to have two bottles of bug repellent, one bottle to stay at home, and another small one carrying with you whenever you are outside. Therefore, divide the witch hazel into two separate bottles, and add the listed oils in them. Close the bottles with a lid and shake them nicely so that the oils get well combined. The mixture of these oils offers great scent that you will very much like. Plus, it is not sticky and it is perfectly safe for you and for the surrounding.
Have in mind prior use to shake the bottle.
DIY Tick Repellent
If ticks are your biggest issue, then it is a good idea to prepare the following repellent that targets specifically ticks.
- 1 part tea tree oil
- 2 parts water
Just combine the listed ingredients in a spray bottle, and combine them nicely. Use it on your shoes, socks, or pant cuffs thus efficiently repelling ticks.
For your pet, ideal alternative for the tea tree oil would be marjoram, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, myrrh, cedarwood, or clary sage.
Extra Useful Tips:
- In order to be sure that there would not be any allergic reactions, use the spray on a small skin patch, and if there are none reactions, then it is safe for use.
- When spraying body parts, do not spray your face, and if you have spray on your hands, do not touch your eyes and mouth.
- If you are an adult, then these sprays are safe for use, but in case of young children, be very careful, especially under the age of 2, and use it only on their clothes.
- If you are expecting or lactating check first with a health practitioner prior use.
- Use it as much as you need it.
- The best bottles for these mixtures are dark-colored bottles, and when not using it make sure to keep it in a cool, dark place.