From essential oils to Permethrin-treated clothing to bug-repelling bracelets.
Summer may be all about working on your tan while sipping cocktails on a tropical beach but, unfortunately, it’s also the time of the year when we become magnets for all kinds of bugs and insects. Besides risking nasty bites, you are also taking a chance with very serious diseases such as Zika and Lyme disease if you’re not doing anything to protect yourself from mosquitoes, flies, and ticks.
While institutions like the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization recommend DEET- and picaridin-based sprays as the most effective, these are also pesticides meant for topical use that can cause skin irritations in people with sensitive skin and in infants. Not to mention, the idea of exposing yourself or your kids to strong chemicals on a regular basis doesn’t seem like the safest long-term option.
That’s where natural bug repellents come in handy. These are non-toxic, usually plant-based products that protect against a wide range of insects. Take peppermint essential oil, for example, which not only smells fresh but is also anti-inflammatory, relieves muscle and joint pain, and repels bugs naturally. Tea tree oil, which is known for its anti-breakout properties, is another natural way to prevent bug bites.
Nowadays, clothing brands are also investing in bug-repellent fabrics which are treated with Permethrin, a biodegradable, odorless insecticide produced by the chrysanthemum flower, that is especially effective against tick bites. And speaking of odorless, if you’d prefer an electronic alternative, you can opt for an ultrasonic repellent, which successfully fends off not just insects but also rodents.
Now, check out the best natural and organic insect repellents that will protect you from bug bites this travel season.