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Insects are drawn to your home especially the kitchen due to the scent, light, heat, and humidity. Summer season is the best time of the year with warm weather, sunshine and a perfect time to go on a vacation. However, this is the time you will see all type of insects in your home. As you start the search for the best sunscreen lotion, you should consider acquiring a natural insect repellant as well. Natural repellents are useful and non-toxic especially for children and pregnant women who are sensitive to an insect bite.

Lavender

Take lavender flowers and crush them to produce a fragrance and oil that you can use to repel insects completely. The flowers have a floral aroma and soothing effect. This natural remedy not only repels the insects but also leaves a fresh scent. You can opt to spray or leave it in a saucer to keep insect way.

Other ways to repel insect is by applying the crushed oil on body areas that are bite-sensitive such as ankles and arms.

Vinegar

Vinegar can be used as a cleaning agent in the kitchen. Combine apple cider and water in a spray bottle then spray the entire home especially on the perimeter of your home, on the table legs and around the kitchen. When storing it, cover the container with plastic wrap and then poke small holes into the surface with a toothpick to trap the remaining insects.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is the most effective insect repellant. It’s also ideal in repelling other animals such as caterpillars, lice, mice, moths, beetles, and aphids. There are different ways to effectively repel insects away: you can apply the oil directly to the affected areas, or soak cotton balls in the oil and place them in the insects’ hideouts, or dilute it in water and spray the perimeter of your entire home.

In fact, peppermint can keep spiders out of your home, plus It has a wonderful smell.

Lemon Eucalyptus oil

Lemon eucalyptus has been known to be an insect repellant since 1940s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in repelling mosquitos and other insects.

Mixing this oil with sunflower oil creates a better insect repellant. However, this mixture can be harmful to children thus, you should store it far away from reach. Alternatively, you can spray the mixture when children aren’t at home.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is a natural and non-toxic insect repellant but most people use it as a natural pesticide for plants. Applying the oil on your skin or mixing with water and then spraying can help keep away insects such as mosquitoes and any other biting insects.

However, this oil can cause skin irritation. To make the best oil, choose extra virgin or cold pressed neem oil.

Thyme Oil

If you live at a farm, insects can be more of a headache particularly the housefly. Lucky enough, thyme oil is a known housefly and mosquito repellant. In one animal study, they found out that five percent thyme oil, when applied to the skin of hairless mice, provided a 91 percent protection rate.

Moreover, burning thyme leaves offer 85 percent protection for 60 to 90 minutes. The DIY way to form the oil includes, mix four drops of thyme oil with one teaspoon of a base oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil. Also, you can mix with water only.

Tea Tree Oil

Initially, tea tree oil was used as an antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. But according to recent research, tea tree oil is an effective insect repellant. Plus, you can use it to clean almost anything. By spraying this oil, you not only repel insect but also suppress the growth of parasites such as fleas, leeches, lice, and ticks.

It should be applied directly to the skin or sprayed in areas where insects love visiting.

Conclusion

By using natural ingredients to repel insects, you avoid exposing your home to harmful chemicals. Although we have multiple insect repellants, at times you might get itchy, and painful insect bites. In such cases, you should rub the above oils like vinegar at the site of the bite. To prevent infection, put a slice of fresh cut garlic on the bite.

In case you develop an allergic reaction due to the bite, you should contact your doctor immediately. You can experiment on different ingredients to create a blend of natural repellant. Remember to use safe ingredients to avoid any cases of contamination.

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