By Healthy Child Healthy World:
The gnats, flies, ants, and mosquitoes are coming out in full force! To help you safely battle the bugs, we’ve compiled some tips from our archives and asked for recommendations from our community. You may just want to bookmark this page, so you always have a variety of safe solutions at your fingertips!
Tips from the Healthy Child archives:
- DEET-Free Mosquito Repellents That Work
- 10 Non-Toxic Tips to Keep Bugs from Biting (and 4 for if They Do)
- Safe Solutions For Ants, Termites, Fleas & More
Tips from Healthy Child Parent Ambassadors:
- Getting Rid Of Gnats Naturally Using Vinegar Ice Cubes To Clean The Garbage Disposal from Jennifer Taggart
- Using Vanilla As A Natural Pest Deterrent as recommended by Sara Snow
- VIDEO: Making DIY Non-Toxic Flea Spray
Tips from our Facebook Community:
- Mandi – I take a small travel size spray bottle and fill it most of the way with almond oil and then add 10 drops of lavender essential oil…it works great!
- Kathryn – For gnats and fruit flies, apple cider vinegar traps. Mosquitoes, lavender oil or natural bug repellents.
- Heather – Tea tree oil
- Odile - grapefruit works like magic on mosquitoes
- Jenny – I like lemongrass oil
- Kellie – I mix a few drops of lemon eucalyptus oil in with some Aloe vera gel and then rub the mixed gel on the skin as an mosquito repellent.
- Melissa – A few drops of lavender essential oil with water in a squirt bottle. Keeps the biters off and makes you smell awesome too.
- Kathy - Vanilla, straight out of the jar works wonderful!
- Janelle – I like tea tree oil as a repellent AND as itch relief from bites.
- Sarah - I also planted citronella plants this year……
- Kim – Cactus Juice
- Christi – Eat loads of garlic and use a bit of lavendar oil on the pressure points
- Molly – Organic Neem Oil is an amazing bug repellent and soothing to the skin. I mix it with raw organic coconut oil and a few drops of organic citronella and lavander essential oils.
Check out all the other DIY ideas and products recommended by our community on Facebook!
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Note: Some people have sensitivities to essential oils – just because they are plant-based does not mean they are safe. Also, using them without diluting can be dangerous. Always do a little research before trying to make any DIY care products. Also, always watch for allergic reactions or sensitivities when you first try them. In addition, weigh the risk of insect-borne diseases or other risks from insects against the risk of repellents. You should be sure you are using adequate protection if you live in a high-risk zone. Consult a health professional with any concerns.