or other chemical bug sprays. I don't want to spray them on me or my children. Thankfully my sister introduced me to a natural bug spray that's safe for me, my kids, and even pets.
How to make Natural bug spray. ~ 10 drops each per ounce of water: Citronella, java oil, eucalyptus oil. Cedar wood, rosemary, lavender, and/or marigold (especially marigold) can be added as well.So here's the scoop on DEET
- DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient in many bug sprays.
- DEET is a pesticide.
- How DEET works: Bugs find you by your skin odors and carbon dioxide from your breath. When a bug gets close to you, DEET jams the bug's sensors and confuse the bug, so it is can't land on and bite you.
- DEET was said to originally be developed by the U.S. Army following the experiences with insects in the jungle during World War II. source
- The testing shows that heavy exposure to DEET especially among children can affect the developing nervous system. source
- "When used as intended, topically, on a prolonged basis, brain cell death was found in rats in a study performed at Duke University. The number of studies that have been undertaken, however, are relatively small and the DEET industry strongly contests the results." - quoted from blog Mosquito Insect Repellent
- For at-a-glance information, the activist group Beyond Pesticides keeps its own list of documented DEET health and environmental effects.
Now head outside and enjoy some bug free (and chemical free) time in the great outdoors.
I just wanted to add a note here at the end. After talking with my sister and looking on several sites, Citronella oil also repel ticks.