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Natural Bug Repellent Alternatives

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Summer is full of recreational activities for us. But bugs are also active during the summer because it is the prime season for harvesting fruits and vegetables and it is the mating season in many reproduction cycles.

Bugs, like mosquitoes, bite anything in front of them to survive, meaning that in a season as full of resources as summer, they tend to go after the animals that hang around food and water to feed on their blood. Surviving on blood has also made mosquitos efficient carriers of diseases. If a mosquito were to bite a bird carrying the West Nile virus and then bite a human, it is possible that the human could get that virus as well.

So, during summer, we need to use all sorts of products, methods, and hacks to prevent bugs from biting our skin, and harming our children and pets. Of course, these methods vary in difficulty, effectiveness, and cost depending on what you want to fight, why, and how. Some of them tend to be harmful, killing the bugs, but also poisoning other creatures that are vital to the environment like fish, rats, and squirrels. These toxins can spread through air, water, and soil. To know more about chemical substances go here.[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaHIlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMmJvcmRlciUzQXNvbGlkJTIwMXB4JTIwJTIzRTlFRkY0JTNCJTIyJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]

1. Alba Botanica’s DEET-free insect repellent

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Alba Botanica has been mentioned on Elle, Refinery29, Allure, HuffPost, and, and many other world-famous sites and magazines. It is one of the world’s most recognized earth-friendly and cruelty-free health and beauty product-manufacturers and is an award-winning organization that supports many green movements.[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20856″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”” el_class=”gray-border”][vc_wp_text]Environmental and Health Claims

  • Botanical: This product was botanically made, which means that it contains 100% natural ingredients derived from plants.
  • Biodegradable: If thrown away, this product will completely decompose without polluting the earth.
  • Vegetarian: This product does not contain ingredients that are directly collected from animals and/or causes harm to them by collecting it. Therefore, no animal-cruelty was involved in making this product.
  • No synthetic fragrances/artificial colors: Chemical fragrances and colors can cause allergic reactions, irritations, and rashes. This product is fragrance-free.
  • No harsh sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Advantages

  • This bug-spray is clinically-proven to repel mosquitoes and ticks.
  • It is entirely safe for use on the skin; since it is very gentle.
  • It contains many beneficial oils, like castor oil, peppermint oil, and rosemary oil.
  • It can be used on all variety of ages, starting at six months old and above.
  • It is very earth-friendly.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Disadvantages

  • Must be reapplied every 2 hours or so.
  • Not suitable for clothing or surfaces other than the skin
  • Not proven to keep off bugs other than mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Might stain clothes and fabrics.

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2. GreenerWays Organic Insect Repellents

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]GreenerWays is a USDA-certified 100% Organic product-manufacturer. They focus on providing the most-efficient products using natural ingredients collected from nature, so they can be safe to use for family, kids, and even pets!
They have a variety of products for fighting bugs without having to kill them, using many natural ingredients and essential oils to do so.[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20857″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”” el_class=”gray-border”][vc_wp_text]Environmental and Health Claims

  • 100% Natural: All ingredients for these products come from natural resources.
  • USDA Organic-certified: All the products comply with the USDA’s organic standards.
  • 100% DEET free and chemical free: There is no DEET or any artificial colors, scents, or additives added to their products.
  • Hypoallergenic: Their bug repellents do not trigger any allergies and are suitable for people with chemical-sensitivity and/or allergies.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Advantages

  • Can be used on clothing.
  • Safe for pets.
  • Options for lawns and gardens available.
  • Proven to fight many types of bugs: like mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and many other flying insects.
  • Does not stain clothes and fabrics.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Disadvantages

  • Not proven biodegradable: their products and packaging have not yet been shown to be utterly decomposable when disposed of.

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3. Hyland’s Bug Bite Ointment

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Hyland was founded by pharmacist and visionary George Hyland back in 1903. Their primary goal is to make the safest most effective homeopathic medicine and remedies for kids and families.

Homeopathy means using what causes the symptoms in a healthy person to cure the ailment of a sick one. So, their method is to provide small doses of natural ingredients derived from nature that in large quantities might make you sick, to allow the immune system to recognize the component and defend itself from it in the future.[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20858″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”” el_class=”gray-border”][vc_wp_text]What this unique method does better than any others is that it does not make the body depend on a specific medicine to treat the illness (if ever exposed again, the body itself will produce the cure).[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Environmental and Health Claims

  • Botanical This product was botanically made, which means that it contains 100% natural ingredients derived from plants.
  • Homeopathic
  • Non-artificial

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Advantages

  • Fast Acting: This product is beneficial in reducing the symptoms of bug bites and healing them; it has many natural extracts derived from plants that reduce the pain, heal the skin, and help keep inflammations and irritations at bay.
  • Works on all bug bites: This product has many extracts which are known to cure bites effectively.
  • Safe for children: This product works very well on easing the pain on children ages six months and above, and in healing their bites.
  • A natural lemongrass scent: This product contains Citronella oil which is derived from lemongrass, which gives it a beautiful fresh citrusy scent.
  • Deters bugs: The Citronella oil helps keep bugs away, thus, preventing them from biting again.
  • Heals bites and relieves pain.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Disadvantages

  • Does not effectively-repel bugs: it has only one oil to deter insects, and it is not very good in doing so.
  • Not proven biodegradable.

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4. Botanical Solution’s Tick Guard and Bite Guard Junior

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Botanical Solution works on delivering chemical-safe products made from 100% natural botanical ingredients to effectively prevent certain types of bugs from biting, and to keep them away.[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20859″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”” el_class=”gray-border”][vc_wp_text]Environmental and Health Claims (Tick Guard / Bite Guard Junior)

  • Botanical This product was botanically made, which means that it contains 100% natural ingredients derived from plants.
  • Safe for the environment

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Advantages

  • Very specifically-effective (Tick Guard).
  • Works on clothes and fabrics (Tick Guard).
  • Safe for babies and children (Bite Guard Junior).

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Disadvantages

  • Not proven biodegradable.
  • Does not keep-off other types of bugs (Tick Guard).

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5. Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent

[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Burt’s Bees is a well-known environmentally friendly corporation that focuses on helping communities (including their own) to save the planet and keep it safe. They use all-natural ingredients in all their products, even their packaging![/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20855″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”” el_class=”gray-border”][vc_wp_text]Environmental and Health Claims

  • Botanical This product was botanically made, which means that it contains 100% natural ingredients derived from plants.
  • Biodegradable If thrown away, this product will completely decompose without polluting the earth.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Advantages

  • Strong and effective: This product has many oils known to keep all sorts of bugs at bay.
  • Very earth-friendly: Everything in this product is entirely harmless to the environment and the planet, right down to the packaging.
  • Pleasant fragrant smell: Oils like Citronella and peppermint give this product a nice refreshing scent.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_wp_text]Disadvantages

  • Too pungent for some.
  • Not hypoallergenic: This product might trigger some allergies for overly-sensitive people.
  • All in all, as much as we see that bugs are a nuisance to us, they are also important and essential to the ecosystem. So be sure to be as harmless to them as possible, to maintain a healthy environment for you, them, and the other creatures all around you.

[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDcCUyMGlkJTNEJTIyZGVldCUyMiUzRSUzQ2hyJTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJib3JkZXIlM0Fzb2xpZCUyMDFweCUyMCUyM0U5RUZGNCUzQiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_wp_text]DEET (Diethyltoluamide), it’s one of the most common chemical bug repellent ingredients found in most bug-fighting products. It causes irritations, breathing problems, rashes, and nausea. It can also be lethal to fish and sea-life when disposed of in water, and it damages the soil.

The more DEET is in your chemical bug repellent, the more dangerous and harmful it is to you and your environment. And the higher the percentage of DEET, the more susceptible it makes you to the most lethal side-effects of the chemical (especially products that contain 50% or more of DEET).聽Also, many products that fight bugs tend to contain Sulfates, Parabens, and Phthalates. They are all chemicals that are harsh on the skin, and they can cause allergic reactions and irritations, along with many other side-effects on the skin, hair, and follicles.

Sulfates are strong detergents containing Sulfur, a mineral found in mines, which (in higher percentages than average) can pollute water and soil, affecting all wildlife living in the area.

Parabens are chemical preservatives that are used in many self-care products, from shampoos to lotions and cosmetics. They are bad for the skin, since they may cause rashes and breakouts for people with sensitive skin. They are also toxic to the environment when disposed of. Scientists have reported Parabens showing up in the tissue of some marine mammals.

Phthalates are substances used to adjust texture and solubility. They are used in foods, cosmetics, and even plastics. Studies have shown that these chemicals are linked to a long list of symptoms ranging from infertility and trouble losing weight to birth defects in kids and even certain cancers! Phthalates also pollute the air (especially indoors) which can cause the same effects if inhaled.

Some bug-fighting methods do more harm than good, so it is essential for you to use the safest, most-natural bug-fighting way that you can afford, and to keep away from using DEET (and other harmful chemicals) as much as possible; for the sake of yourself, your loved ones, and the planet.

The best method to protect yourself from bugs is by using a natural bug repellent.聽A Bug Repellent is a product that prevents bugs from approaching and keeps them at a distance, while not killing or damaging them.[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html]

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