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To Deet or Not August 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tiffany C @ 11:16 AM
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I know, it’s late in the summer, but what are you using on your skin to keep mosquitoes at bay?  Hopefully it’s not Deet.  I realize in extreme cases you almost don’t have a choice, but for most of us, herbal repellents are a better choice.  There are a myriad of ingredients that repel mosquitoes that aren’t toxic pesticides.  We use a garlic spray for our yard.  We live in the woods where the mosquitoes are thick, and really love how I taste.  Other ingredients to apply on your skin are: lemongrass, lavender, geranium, citronella, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, clove, cedar,  marigold,  rosemary, neem, lemon eucalyptus and marjoram.  That is a long list. Some of these ingredients are more effective and some are less.  Many commercial, herbal repellents are out there.  I’ve found a variety at local stores, and there are more to choose from online.  You can even make your own repellent. Tutorials and recipes are  all over the Internet. The downside of most herbal repellents is that you need to reapply often, every hour or so.

If you are in a jungle or some Northwoods location where you have to bring out the big gun of Deet, make sure you don’t put it on your skin.  Your skin is like a sponge, and toxins you put on it can be absorbed.  Another chemical repellent is Picaridin.  Again this is a chemical, but it supposed to be less toxic than Deet, and just as effective.  One of the most effective herbal-based repellents is the oil of lemon eucalyptus.  It is one of the repellents recommended by the CDC and the EPA.

Best of luck battling those little suckers!

Wikipedia-Insect repellent


2 Responses to “To Deet or Not”

  1. Amy Says:

    My daughter wanted to make her own repellent. Do you have any recipes to share?

  2. greengirlinc Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Amy. I don’t have a recipe that I have used myself. If your daughter does a search for “mosquito repellent recipes” she will find many listed. I know on there are a number of recipes that look good. I’d definitely want to have one with quite a bit of lemon eucalyptus. If she finds one she likes, please have her post a comment here. Thanks again!

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