There Are Several Natural Ways to Avoid Insects From Biting You
Dress the Part
Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing and avoid floral patterns. Mosquitos are attracted to dark colors, and bees (obviously) are attracted to anything that looks like a flower. These pests can easily get to your skin through tight clothes so protect yourself and be comfortable at the same time!
Avoid Still Waters
If you have a pond or lake near your home, be conscientious when outside. Mosquitos, bees and other bugs love standing water. If you have a bird bath, make sure to place it away from walking paths, doors, or other high foot traffic areas and change the water in it everyday. Be sure to empty water from garbage cans, pool covers, and outside toys that may collect rainwater, as well.
Grow a Garden
Certain plants have the innate ability to deflect insects. Basil, catnip, lemon balm or lemongrass, peppermint, rose geraniums, and rosemary are great at keeping mosquitos away. You can put them in the ground and have a beautiful, fragrant garden or put them in pots and line a sidewalk, patio or pool area. Either way, by beautifying your yard with these plants you’ll help keep the mosquitos away – and that’s a truly beautiful thing.
If you know you’re going to be outside for a long period of time try rubbing yourself down in some essential oils that mosquitos really seem to dislike. Cinnamon, citronella, and thyme are the ones that are particularly toxic to these little buggers. If you just aren’t comfortable with saturating yourself and your loved ones in DEET, oils are a safe and easy alternative.
Natural Insect Repellents
If you’re not the DIY type, never fear. Some of us just don’t have the time, energy or desire to collect ingredients and make our own concoction! That’s where All Terrain comes in. Their line of safe, natural insect repellents are soybean oil based and contain citronella, peppermint, cedar, lemongrass and geranium oils to keep you and your family bite-free. All Terrain’s award-winning Herbal Armor is available as a continuous spray, spray bottle, and a kids’ version, as well.
Not big on sprays? Check out the Badger brand line of products. Their natural mosquito repellent consists of citronella, cedar, lemongrass, rosemary and geranium in a castor oil base. It’s available as a balm, stick or spray and they even have a sunscreen version.
For something a little different, try Skeeterbeater by Karen’s Botanicals. Skeeterbeater is a repellent and anti-itch spray made with plantain leaf extract, sunflower oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, lavender, sage, peppermint, and lemon. It’s almost all organic and not tested on animals.
For more information on all natural insect repellents, please click here: Natural Bug Repellents