Non-DEET Insect Repellents, Natural Insect Repellents

Non DEET insect spray

Non DEET insect spray

Despite of definite DEET effectiveness in preventing insect bites on children, there are a range of non-DEET alternatives that are quite popular among parents. A lot of old reports state that DEET may cause toxic side effects, such as seizures. Now it was proven that DEET is safe in using even by children. Additionally there are a range of DEET-free repellents that also can be effective for your children. One of such repellents is Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent. OFF! series also offers non-DEET repelling aerosol that contains lemon eucalyptus oil. It is OFF! Botanicals Plant Based Insect Repellent. Mention that repellents that contain lemon equcaliptus oil are allowed to be used only on children over three years old.

Other DEET-free repellents are:

Picaridin is also a chemical repelling product, it is considered to be as effective as DEET. That is why it is a good choice for parents who are looking for alternative to DEET.

Must-Know Information:

  • The AAP recommends using DEET repellents not more than one time a day. Don’t reuse it on children during a day.
  • It is not recommended to use insect repellent together with sunscreen. The problem is in different ways of using these means. Sunscreen needs to be reused once a few hours, while repellent doesn’t. Combined using of sunscreen and repellent is OK when you stay outdoors not longer than fore a few hours.
  • Limit using repellents by applying it only on exposed skin areas. Don’t use it on skin under clothes, child’s hands, areas near mouth and eyes. Also it is not recommended to use repellents on irritated or wounded skin.
  • To protect your child from over application, apply the repellents on your hands and only then rub it on your child’s skin.
  • After you child comes from the outside, wash off the rests of repellents from his skin.

Herbal mosquito deterent weapon, mosquito deterent plant

Mosquito deterentFighting mosquitoes is a matter of long and expensive researching, when scientists try to find some new effective chemical that would be maximally safe for humans but mortally dangerous for mosquitoes. Why not to use what nature gives in order to simplify the fight against mosquitoes in your home environment? Using mosquito deterent herbs are totally safe for people. Being a beautiful decoration of your garden and courtyard, such plants can make mosquitoes refuse from coming inside.

The matter is in substances that herbs contain and produce. If you want to create a natural barrier for big amounts of mosquitoes, keeping them away from your house, plant these herbs. The first one is horsemint. It is well-known mosquito deterent plant, also called citronella. This is a common herb for the Eastern USA, grows on sandy soils. Horsemint also is used in medicine to cure flu. It acts as a natural antibacterial and fungicidal medication. The active ingredient of its essential oil is tymol, it acts as a mosquito repelling element.

Another popular mosquito deterent herb is rosemary. It is one of the oldest mosquito repellents from the Mediterranean climatic zones. It can grow in gardens and is well-adjustable for cultivation at home, even with moderate climate. If your climatic conditions don’t allow growing rosemary in the garden, you can buy its essential oil. By mixing a few drops with 50 ml of olive oil you can make an effective repellent for your body. The mix can be used for a long time, if to keep it in cool and dry space. Essential oil, as well as olive spoil very slowly. Rosemary is a useful plant, both as a seasoning and a repelling weapon from mosquitoes. So if you have proper conditions, it is better to plant it near your home.

One of the most useful medical herbs, marigolds can be also used for keeping mosquitoes away from you. The flowers of marigolds
have specific odor that act as a mosquito deterent element. The herb is not whimsical, the only thing it needs is enough sun light. They can be grown from seed.

The other plant whose odour makes mosquitoes fly away is ageratum. This small herb with charming blue and white flowers is widely used in perfumery, as well as in producing of herbal repellents. It is not recommended to use ageratum oil or some derivative elements directly on your skin, but as a stand-alone mosquito repelling bush it works perfectly. And ideally suits the most of house exteriors.

The real winner of herbal repellents is catmint. It was proven by researches that its effectiveness is a few times more than DEET. It is a small perennial plant, can be easily grown from seed, and it won’t cause any inconvenience in cultivation. Besides its repelling qualities and intoxicating influence on cats, catmint is also a good ingredient for an aromatic herbal tea. It has useful influence on human body, so can be used for different therapies.

All aforementioned plants can be used for repelling mosquitoes. To do this just cut off its leaves and crush to make it aroma more intensive. Rosemary and catmint can be used directly on skin – just pound a few leaves and rub on skin or clothes. They have pleasant odour that won’t spoil the atmosphere.

Using Citronella For Protection from Insects

Citronella oil insect repellentHerbals are also effective in fighting mosquito. And one of the most powerful repellents of natural origin is those that contain citronella oil, extracted from lemongrass. It is totally safe for skin when used in correct concentration. Also it can be used warmed up with candles or lamps, its evaporation also scare mosquitoes away.

Here are simple tips of how to use citronella oil for mosquitoes.

Rule #1

To protect your skin from mosquito bites use creams with citronella oil. Such repellents usually contain other herbal oils for better protection, like peppermint or lavender. Do not forget to reuse the cream each hour or half an hour, as it is pointed in the instructions. Herbal oils evaporate and absorbed by the body too fast, that is why it requires more frequent use.

Rule #2

Before using creams with citronella oil on your skin, check its reaction on this repellent by putting a small amount of the cream on skin. For example, you can use the back of the hand. In some cases citronella oil can cause allergic reaction if you body is too sensitive to this element. Natural repellents contain herbals in rather big concentration, so checking is recommended.

Rule #3

You can use lamps and candles with citronella oil on the outside. In such a way the evaporations will frighten the insects off before they get to your house. Also it is helpful during a barbeque or another outdoor party.

Rule #4

You can use a little of citronella oil when bathing or taking a shower. Simply add it to water or on a bath sponge. After such a procedure you will be protected from insect bites for about an hour.

Rule #5

It is possible to make repellent at home if you have lemongrass or lemon thyme growing on your garden. Cut their leaves off, mill them using blender, wring out the oil and use it on skin or for burning with candles. According to studies, lemon thyme provides with 62% of efficiency of DEET repellents .

Rule #6

When coming inside the house, do not hold oils on skin, remove them with the help of water.