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Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

When the weather is nice outside, there is usually one thing that isn’t very pleasing – insects. They are annoying and can be worrisome. Keeping them out of your yard and off of your skin can be done without using ingredients that may be questionable.

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

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Keep outdoor pests away naturally with these DIY mixtures.

Mosquitoes can sometimes be harmful and are definitely always irritating. Many over the counter chemical applications include the ingredient N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though effective for keeping mosquitoes away and approved for use by the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency, there are specific application recommendations and it has many concerns when applied topically. It has been shown to be an eye and skin irritant and is suspect in the onset of neurological issues.

In addition, there are environmental concerns as runoff from the chemical has been found in many U.S. water sources.

So if you want to avoid it try these alternatives, which are supposedly close to or just as effective as the chemical versions.

Essential oils can be used to make homemade bug sprays, or they can be dried and infused to make an oil based concentrate.

Citronella is a well-known one, but other natural oils like lemongrass, neem, lavender, basil, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, eucalyptus and cedarwood can be effective repellants also. Try mixing with witch hazel and sterilized water, place in a spray bottle and apply, avoiding the eye area.

Instead of a spray, try these recipes for lotion bars and balms.

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

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Another popular recipe called 4 Thieves uses a mixture of vinegar and herbs like sage, rosemary, mint, thyme and lavender. After steeping it can be used for bug control around the yard. Some also suggest adding in vegetable glycerin. Additionally, mixtures of garlic, hot peppers, essential oils and dish soaps can also be tried in the garden and on landscaping to ward off flies, ticks, ants and other bugs.

Also, planting or using marigolds in a spray is great for spots in the yard to keep away all kinds of outside nuisances.

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

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You may have to test out various combinations of ingredients and strength concentrations to find one that is truly effective. Many natural recipes seem to work, but maybe not as well as their synthetic versions. Also, some DIY insect repellents may not smell good, so they can be doctored with organic scents like vanilla or strong aromatic herbs like mint.

Most natural insect potions can be used on children, expectant and nursing mothers, but always check with a pediatrician first as allergic reactions may occur.

Getting outside without having to worry about buzzing and crawling pests is definitely a bonus.

Do you have any tips to make the outdoors naturally bug free? Let us know in the comments below so we can check them out.

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