Ticks and Fleas are just part of enjoying the great outdoors. Sometimes they are just the most annoying things ever, especially if you forget to prepare for them.
There are many products on the market to help prevent you from being bitten by these pesky bugs while you are out enjoying yourself. Some good, others not so good and the price range can vary, a lot.
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If we are buying products to ward off ticks and fleas there are only 2 that we would purchase. These are Smigde products or Beastie Be Gone. The link for the latter will take you to our blog post on this product where you will also find a discount code. Both of these can be applied directly to the skin to deter these pesky bugs.
Going natural with your insect repellent can be a really cheap but effective option. This is very true if you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors.
The following recipes for making your own natural insect repellents all contain aromatherapy oils. For this reason, we mainly use these sprayed on clothing and gear. I do use some directly on my skin because I know which I can and can’t use.
While going natural is better for both you and the environment you should always use aromatherapy oils with caution. All of the following recipes use the oils diluted. However, some oils can be irritants when the person using them have certain illnesses or health problems. Always read up on what oils you use and seek medical or veterinary advice if using on your pet.
Always consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils with babies and children. Never take essential oils orally and avoid all contact with the mouth area and eyes. Essential oils should never be applied undiluted to the skin as they can cause irritation (there are only a couple of exceptions to this rule i.e. Lavender and Tea Tree).
While we have tried a few of the following recipes and have had no side effects or adverse reactions with them it is up to you to do your own homework on what you can safely use. We take no responsibility for misuse or side effects caused by these.
What You Will Need
Making these sprays is super easy. You need all the ingredients for the desired recipe and a clean spray bottle. Aromatherapy oils can be bought online. We have bought some of ours on Amazon in the past or use a good high street retailer. Do your research as not all are the same quality.
Spray bottles can be bought online too or if you are out and about you can also pick up the little travel sets that have a spray bottle in them. These can be good as they normally come with a little funnel for filling the bottle with liquids.
Once you have made your mixture try to store it in a cool dry place.
This recipe is a firm favourite of ours when it comes to going out walking. We use this to spray our clothes, shoes and gear when going out. This is also safe for use on the underside of your dogs if you are taking them with you. Please take your vets advice if your dog suffers from any health conditions.
In your spray bottle mix 120ml of water,
20 drops of Lemongrass
20 drops of Eucalyptus
Mix this together and use it to spray your clothes and gear. This can also be used on your dog’s underside if they are going camping or walking with you.
Remember to shake the bottle each time before use.
60ml Water and 60ml White Vinegar mixed together.
Mix this together thoroughly by shaking before use.
Again you will need a spray bottle for this one. The ACV (apple cider vinegar) in this recipe will help to ward off ticks on it’s own. So, if you don’t have any oils but still want protection you could use the ACV and water on it’s own. It will however, not be as effective against other bugs without the oils.
75ml Apple Cider Vinegar topped up with 25ml water.
Make sure you mix well by shaking the bottle well before each use.
Bugs be Gone
So now that you have some recipes that you can make at home and try why not give them a go and see which ones work best for you. Insect bites can be sore, itchy, or on the odd occasion develop into something worse. It is up to you to keep yourself safe from these pesky bugs and do what you can to prevent bites.
While using prevention is great, what happens if you do suffer an insect bite? Well if it is from midge’s, fleas or other little biting insects that have left you irritated, try a salve. There are many different home remedies out there but we prefer aloe vera gel. The Beastie Be Gone that I mentioned before is also a great afterbite/sting salve.
If you have ticks on you we would really recommend using a tick card to remove these then wiping the area with some antiseptic. Dettol or an antiseptic wipe from a first aid kit is ideal. Keep an eye on the bite area for a few days just in case there are any changes around the bite site and if so see a doctor.
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