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Natural Bug Repellents

I am a self confessed hater of bugs.  Any kind, big or small.  I have a total aversion.  My flatmate, however, hates it when I use a repellent spray.  I do too actually, however, no bugs is better than being bitten (or scared to death)!

I have found some alternatives to spraying the air with toxic pollutants when invaded by the little creatures.

Apparently eating more garlic is a natural way to repel bugs, however I eat lots of garlic and I seem to still see them buzzing or crawling about. You can apparently place bits of garlic around a patio/verandah to scare bugs away.

Below are some other natural ways to ward off the dreaded insects:

Essential Oils are distilled concentrates of the natural oils present in plants, flowers, roots and trees.  They can be quite potent and should be used sparingly and diluted in water.  Mix together your own concoction of oils.  Add a couple of drops of each oil to approximately 1 cup of water.

  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium
  • Catnip
  • Pennyroyal
  • Eucalyptus Oil

You can use any combination of these essential oils. Place in a spray bottle with water and spray directly onto skin. It is also a good idea to burn these oils in an oil burner also.

Deet is a common ingredient used in insect repellent which has been linked to brain cell death and behavioural changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure can apparently effect muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration.   As an alternative to deet, soybean oil is considered a natural repellent and can be rubbed onto the skin directly.  Neem oil and the herb, yarrow, are also more effective than deet to repel ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies. Dilute with water as a spray-on repellent.

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