As we are shifting our choices towards more benign organic and natural products, let us think of the poisons we stock in our homes. Yes, we are referring to the insect-killers which we unwillingly spray in our homes and then breath the same air ourselves. It is important for us to make a wiser choice for insect repellents too. Many insect repellents that were popular in the past were eventually banned when their longer-term impact was discovered on people and planet. Many ingredients that constitute the currently popular products are being questioned for their long-term impact too.
That’s why it is necessary to switch to a natural insect repellent.
The Benefits of Using Natural Organic Repellents
Insects can surely be very troublesome and we need to protect ourselves from them. But, the insect repellents can also take a toll on us. To prevent this, it is important to use natural insect repellents.
1. Easy on Skin.
Yes, the natural insect repellents do not harm your skin with allergies and rashes or cause any side effect and irritations. Especially helpful for those with sensitive skin.
2. They do not have any DEET present in them.
While DEET is one of the most effective insect repellents, people are waking up to the possible side effects of the chemical and are avoiding products with DEET in them. DEET, which has the chemical composition of N, N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, is said to attack the central nervous system and harms its efficiency.
3. They have a Relaxing Effect.
Most of the natural insect repellents that you will come across have a list of essential oils in them. These essential oils can be a bugger for the insects but, they have many benefitting and calming effects on the human body and mind. They relax and soothe our minds.
4. Are equally good for your Pets!
Pets and ticks are at constant war. Insect repellents otherwise can be very harmful as well as poisonous for your pets. But, several natural insect repellents can work really well and make your pet get rid of all the ticks without any worry.
5. A Natural Insect Repellent is better than DEET.
DEET is very harsh on both, the environment as well as the human body. To avoid this, a combination of natural insect repellents can do the same trick.
6. It is Eco-friendly.
Aerosol insect repellents can spray out a lot of harmful and poisonous substances in the air that can harm the environment. Natural insect repellent does not pollute or harm the environment in any way.
Best DIY Homemade Insect Repellents for your House
Chemical based insect repellents can be harmful as well as expensive. So, we bring in some of the easiest home repedies for repelling insects. If bed bugs are your main concern read about the natural home remedies for bed bugs. Remember, that some of these ingredients like essential oils can be strong in their pure form so use them with proper recipe and dilution.
1. Crushed Camphor
Camphor emits a peculiar smell that can be very bothering for insects.
Sprinkling a little crushed-camphor in the corners of your house can keep insects away.
2. Grounded Coffee
Insects get attracted to coffee, but the caffeine present in coffee is harmful to them and can kill them.
A little coffee powder shall repel if not kill the insects that are around.
Crush a few garlic cloves and boil it. Cool this solution and strain it into a spray bottle.
Spray this solution in every corner of the house. The smell of garlic keeps the insects away.
4. Clove Oil
Clove oil acts as a natural insect repellent. Just rub a little of diluted clove oil on yourself or your pets to keep all the insects and bugs away! To dilute clove oil, mix it in your favourite carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil in a ratio of 1-2% clove oil to the rest of carrier oil.
Rosemary plants are one of the best natural insect repellents known.
Pot a few plants, or ground a few dried Rosemary leaves and make a solution with water.
Spray this solution in the house everyone in a while.
6. Indian lilac (Neem)
Neem is used as a pesticide to get rid of the unwanted pests. Mix Neem along with coconut oil in the ratio of 1:1 and apply it all over your body to avoid insects. Remember neem oil is strong and pungent in odour, so dilute it further if need be.
7. Eucalyptus Oil
It is one of the strongest insect repellents and can last for hours.
Just rub little-diluted eucalyptus oil on yourself and get rid of all the bug bites and rashes.
Basil is known to kill the insect larvae and so check their breeding.
Just pot a few basil plants or spray basil oil around. Check for the benefits of basil leaves for the skin here.
9. Citronella Oil
Use citronella oil all over the body to acquire its benefits. You can also inject a few drops of this essential oil in a candle and light it up to keep the bugs away.
It acts as a natural insecticide due to it’s a strong smell.
The oil is very wrong, it can cause irritation on the skin too, so be careful as you spray the oil around.
11. Garlic, Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper Powder
Boil them together and spray the strained solution in the corners of the house as well as the furniture around.
12. Vinegar, Herbs, and Water
In a spray bottle, add 200 ml of vihar along with crushed mint, lavender, catnip, sage or thyme. Add 50 ml of water to this and shake it well.
Leave this bottle undisturbed for a day, after which you can use it as a bug repellent.
13. Vinegar and Essential Oils
Vinegar has a pungent smell that disturbs the insects, along with this essential oils can also be a great repellent.
So, in a spray bottle, add 150 ml of vihar along with a few drops of an insect repellent essential oil.
Mix it well and spray it around for a great insect repelling method.
14. Witch Hazel
Spray a diluted Witch Hazel solution around to avoid all the insects.
15. Vodka and Essential Oils
Vodka can act as a great insect repellent. In a spray bottle, add 100 ml of vodka along with a teaspoon of your favourite insect repellent essential oil and spray it around to say goodbye to bugs!
How to use Insect Repellent Safely
- Use an insect repellent proactively to make sure you keep them away.
- Apply the insect repellent all over the exposed area if your body to prevent the bugs from biting, but try avoiding any injured areas like open wounds.
- Re-apply the repellent after regular intervals
- Choose a milder repellent for children as their skin is more sensitive.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after the application of an insect repellent.
- Avoid using the insect repellent near your eyes or lips.
- Don’t apply too much of repellent as it may cause irritation.
- Don’t spray repellent directly onto your face, use your fingers.
- Do not apply repellent on wounds or cuts, it may cause severe irritation.