My poor husband is a magnet for any biting insects and is always looking for a natural mosquito repellant, or no see'um spray to save his body from being ravaged by bugs.
Nothing seemed to work (although having him around was great for the rest of us - they would ignore our skin in favor of his!) and for the longest time, and in order to avoid spraying dangerous pesticides all over his body, he'd simply avoid going out, or sweat it out next to a campfire, or even shroud himself (much to the entertainment of the rest of us). We tried plain old citronella sprays, and old wives tales, and nothing seemed to work for him at all.
Then we started using doTERRA essential oils and found they had a proprietary blend called TerraShield. Honestly, we didn't have much hope for it, at least not for my husband, but anything is worth trying and TerraShield is pretty inexpensive so we gave it a go.
TerraShield essential oil is now the only natural mosquito repellant that my husband will use. It works perfectly, even with his magnetism for all biting insects. He applies it and doesn't get a bite from mosquitos, no see'ums, or anything else for hours!
This blend is a proprietary blend of 15 essential oils that works on repelling any biting insects for up to 6 hours. It's not just a natural mosquito repellant, but also works for ants, spiders, mites, fleas, and is especially good for no see'ums, (also known as biting midges). Not only does it work against biting insects, it also works to repel roaches, silverfish, and other household pests.
Below are the essential oils found in this natural mosquito repellant, as well as their role in this spray and their other benefits.
Around Doors, Vents, Other Entrances
Anywhere insects might be getting in, drop 1-3 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place those cotton balls anywhere insects are likely to enter.
Around the Garden
I haven't tried this one yet (let me know if you do!), but the same premise applies here as above. Apply the essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the garden, at the base of plants, etc. You can even experiment with spraying the leaves (though I wouldn't spray the edible parts of any plant).
Dog Flea Collar
I wouldn't recomment this for cats, as their body's don't function like humans or dogs and can't process essential oils, but to repel fleas and maybe even ticks from your dog, try dropping 2-3 drops on their collar, no more than once a week. The oil is potent and lingers for quite some time to repplication will only be necessary as the aroma fades. You can also use the natural mosquito repellant spray for the body to spritz your pet before going for walks.
Natural Bug Spray (for the body)
We like to turn this into a natural mosquito repellant by adding about 35 drops of essential oil with 3 oz of water. It's best to use a metal or glass bottle for this, since plastic will erode when it comes in contact with any essential oil. Shake this mixture up well before use and spray over the exposed area of the body. This generally lasts several hours for us.
Natural Bug Spray (for the home)
Following the same guidelines above, I would recommend more drops (starting with 50) and experimenting from there to find what works best to repel your insects.
Whole Home Repellant
If you're ever having a party, and the insects keep inviting themselves, try getting a quality diffuser and difssuing the oils throughout the area. The aroma is citrusy and very fresh, not overwhelming at all.
Window Screen Repellant
No, not to repel window screens. But to repel bugs from getting in through your windows (especially no see'ums from crawling through screens), this works really well. Hang a ribbon on your screen (inside or out) and drop several drops on the ribbon to repel insects and keep them from getting inside.
TerraShield essential oil can only be purchased through our favorite essential oil company, doTERRA. We started using and loving the results we get from all doTERRA's oils so much they are now the only brand we promote here on Sustainable Baby Steps.
There are several ways to get your hands on this natural mosquito repellant: retail, discounted, or wholesale.
But retail sucks.
So we recommend purchasing a discounted or wholesale account (similar to something like Costco) to get the best prices on this or other oils. Which is the best fit for you will depend on your needs.
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