Posted on June 06, 2016
How to Get Defensive with Mosquitoes – the Natural Way
ALL-NATURAL MOSQUITO SPRAY FOR VEXING, BITING VERMIN
You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening hike, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from trail to trail. The threat? Well in addition to general pestering, you’ll likely get a pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt … and possibly even a serious illness.
Why do Mosquitoes bite?
You may be surprised to learn that it’s not dinner they're sucking out of you. Only female mosquitoes bite, and they’re out for blood to develop fertile eggs. Contemplate that the next time they’re swarming: They’re on a blood drive to support their next generation of biters.
Why DEET is commonly used in mosquito sprays
Most insect repellants are loaded with toxic chemicals, and the pesticide DEET is perhaps the most common. DEET was developed by the U.S. Army in 1946 for protection of soldiers in insect-infested areas. Because many mosquitoes in tropical areas carry debilitating diseases like dengue fever and malaria, it was important to make the most potent (albeit noxious) brew possible. Better to keep the troops in fighting form than to worry overmuch about chemical exposure. Such were the times—back when soldiers, in the name of military service, were exposed to radiation, agent orange, DEET and plenty of other harsh chemicals we’ve since learned to avoid.
There’s no doubt that DEET is still widely used as a mosquito repellent. But its use should cause you pause. DEET is so poisonous that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in … and definitely not spray it directly on your face. At 100% it really can melt plastic and strip the finish off of furniture.
Sure, it’ll deter mosquitoes. They’re no dummies.
Natural Essential Oils have been used as pest repellents for thousands of years
No knocks against the military, certainly. But there are more natural alternatives to DEET, and one of them is essential oils. These are distilled and concentrated essences of plants that have spent millennia naturally evolving resistance to the same pests that vex humans. When we apply essential oils to our skin, we’re borrowing the chemical defenses these plants have slowly built up over many centuries.
There are many essential oils that are known for being excellent natural insect repellents. We’ve sought out some of the best for fending off mosquitoes. Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cedar, Thyme, Clove Bud, Rosemary, Neem and Lemon Balm all have chemical constituents that pests (and mosquitoes in particular) really hate. Thank you, plant kingdom, for letting us in on that secret.
With essential oils, the trick is to reapply liberally and often. You won’t mind so much, as natural essential oils happen to smell like plants – not chemicals—and you won’t be worrying about you (or your kids) growing a third eye like you might with DEET.
When You’re Under Aerial Attack, Go Ahead and Get Defensive with DEET-Free spray
We’ve developed a long-lasting, water-based spray specifically for keeping pesky biters at bay without doing a woozy chemical doozy on you. There’s no noxious DEET, just a blend of pure botanical oils pests hate. To you, your neighbors and loved ones, you’ll smell great. Bugs will not feel the same.
So spray on liberaly and start using your arms and hands for raising your beer, tending the fire, playing ball with your dog… instead of swatting mosquitoes. Shoo Fly Mosquito Defense Spray WILL keep mosquitoes at bay!
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