It's mosquito season and some of you don't know what to do, because you've been scared away from commercial insect repellents with their toxic chemicals. But you don't want to spend the whole summer indoors either.
Here are some tips about natural bug repellents that may make the summer a happier time.
A number of essential oils will put off mosquitos. Clove, catnip and lemon oil, patchouli and citronella are all natural bug repellents with a wonderfully adverse effect on the little pests. And not a toxic chemical in the bunch.
Compare that fact to the following bad news about some commercial insect repellents.
"Common ingredients in insect repellants include Picaridin, IR3535, and N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, also known as DEET. The U.S. government invented DEET during World War II. In use commercially since 1957, there are only 50 published cases of severe side effects, but many people have experienced irritated skin and eyes. Picaridin is less irritating to eyes, as is IR3535. These ingredients were tested at 20% concentrations, but products may not contain that percentage or active ingredients."