Summer is here and unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes.  Many of us will turn to insect repellants, candles and oils that are full of nasty chemicals.  Luckily there are some preventative measures that you can take and some bugs sprays that do not contain any chemicals.

How to prevent mosquitoes:

Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk.  This is the time mosquitoes are most active, if you are outside at this time wear long pants and long sleeved shirts or use one of the natural bug repellents.

Use LED bulbs for your outdoor area.  Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs emit light that attract mosquitoes.

Install a ceiling fan outside if possible.  Carbon dioxide, perspiration and lactic acid all attract mosquitoes.  Using a ceiling fan in your outside space will disperse the air and reduce the concentration of these attracting scents.

 

Ingredients to avoid:

DEET or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide.  DEET has been shown to cause eye and skin irritation, headaches, muscle weakness, fatigue, nausea, difficulty with concentration, memory loss, and tremors.

Permethrin.  This is a synthetic pesticide that is a neurotoxin to bugs, animals and humans.  Research has been shown that exposure to Permethrin can cause headaches, skin irritation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, seizures, immune dysfunction, lung and liver cancer.

Parabens have been shown to cause endocrine disruption.  Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control.

Fragrance which also goes by the name triethanolamine has been shown to cause allergies and disrupt the immune system.

 

Non-toxic ways to repel insects:

Instead of those bug repellant candles, try using unscented tea light candles with 3-4 drops of geranium essential oil, available at most health food stores and online, added.  If you have an oil burner or diffuser you can add the geranium oil to these to repel insects.

Instead of chemical bug sprays try:

California Baby Bug Repellent Spray

All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor Insect Repellent

Babyganics Shoo Fly Bye Natural Insect Repellent

Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent