Nutritionally, you can drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and eat lots of garlic. Vitamin B1 taken daily is also supposed to help repel insects.
Homemade Herbal Insect RepellentsNatural insect repellents take only a few minutes to make and they are truly effective. A wide variety of herbal and essential oil mixtures can work. Mix, match, and experiment.
Repellent Soap: Add 10-15 drops of essential oils per ounce of liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's soaps, $13 for a 32-ounce bottle at amazon.com).
Try essential oils
such as lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium. Wash before and after spending time outdoors.
Essential Oils as Natural Insect RepellentIt is tricky to get the right concentration of essential oils for a natural insect repellent. In general, less is best.
My dogs can tolerate only the smallest amount of essential oils (I use rose geranium) on their collars each week – just one drop – but it's enough to repel ticks. To find the dosage necessary to repel insects, start with a drop or two in your mixtures, and increase the amount as you find you can tolerate (no more than 10-15 drops per ounce of oil). Combining repellent essential oils and/or herbs with a fruit- or nut-oil carrier is a good technique when you want to dab a bit on your skin.
Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe #1:
10-25 drops essential oil. Try lavender, rose geranium (for ticks), coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput and citronella
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; stir to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.
Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe #2:
25 drops essential oil (see above)
1/4 cup water or organic apple cider vinegar
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab some on your skin or clothing.
California Baby Bug Repellent SprayCalifornia Baby Bug Repellent Spray ($12.15 for 6.5 ounce spray bottle at amazon.com)
Bite Blocker Natural Insect Repellent SprayLuckily, many ready-made herbal insect repellents are now found online or in your health food store. When buying, look for the words herbal, all-natural, DEET-free, non-chemical, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.
Bite Blocker (9$ for 4.7-ounce spray bottle at amazon.com)
We in Alaska Buy Buhach by the case.
This all-natural insecticide is safe enough to use even on pregnant pets! Repels insects and spiders without chemicals
First made famous during the Alaskan Gold Rush, Buhach, pronounced “byew hack,” is a natural insecticide powder discovered in 1876. Prospectors used this powder to fight off ravenous mosquitoes. For over 100 years, it has continued to be used to kill mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, ants, black flies, roaches and other insects
Buhach is Mother Nature's “secret” pest repellent...no synthetic chemicals! Made of ground pyrethrum flowers (from the chrysanthemum family), Buhach insecticide powder repels spiders, ants, fleas, roaches, blackflies, mosquitoes and more, without harsh chemicals. Its natural ingredients make it safe to use around people and pets. Each can holds 8 oz. EPA registered; #703-1.
Organic “mother nature's” insecticide
Non-toxic powder formula
EPA registered; #703-1
Natural ingredients, contains ground pyrethrum flowers from chrysanthemum family
Works as a repellent when sprinkled and as an insecticide when burned
Kills ants, flies, roaches, fleas, lice, aphids, gnats, mosquitoes, spiders and deer ticks
May be applied to dogs and cats to get rid of fleas (safe to use on pregnant animals)
Won’t harm environment, safe for use around fruit trees, plants, mammals, humans, etc.
Active ingredients: Pyrethrums- 0.9%
Inactive ingredients: (powdered Pyrethrums flowers 99.1%)
Can measures 6½” high x 3”
Net weight 8 oz
Made in USA
You can dust it on your critters fur, sprinkle some on a window sill and flies that come in contact with Buhach are dead in about one minuet.
To keep away flying insects a Buhach smudge is wonderfull, dump some Buhach powder in a tuna can and set a match to it.