The spring season is upon us, and while it’s still pretty chilly here in New York, warmer days and sunny skies are in the near horizon. With the spring comes beautiful flowers, helpful bees, birds, and unfortunately, some unwanted pests.
As people who love and respect nature, especially pets, we’re always seeking out natural ways to get things done instead of using harsh chemicals. So many bug sprays use DEET and other carcinogenic material, we figured there had to be a better way to keep bugs out of your home.
First we’re going to highlight one of our newest seasonal products, and that’s our Don’t Bug Me Body Spray safe for adults, kids (2 and older), and medium-large dogs. Please don’t use this product on babies, small dogs, or cats, as the scents can be irritating to their sensitive mucus membranes.
A blend of cypress, cedarwood, citronella, lemongrass, lavender, and tea treeessential oils with witch hazel and benzoic acid, Don’t Bug Me will help deter irritating bugs, while smelling wonderful, and conditioning skin. Clean out your closet and get rid of all those nasty chemicals; choose a clean, natural way to keep those buggers away!
Cedar Blocks / Cedarwood / Cedar Essential Oil – Great for deterring moths, especially in closets. Mosquitos also hate the smell of cedar. Keep the blocks in your closets, and use cedarwood essential oil (always dilute with a carrier oil) on your skin for keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Cinnamon – Ants really hate cinnamon. I suggest sprinkling some cinnamon in your lower cabinets, around windows, and doors that go to the outside.
Citrus Peels – Excellent for deterring spiders. Rub corners, or anywhere spiders like to hang out, with your extra peels.
Lemongrass – As an essential oil, or grown as a plant, lemongrass smells wonderfully and deters mosquitos and ticks. We love lemongrass essential oil so much, it’s in our Balance Soap, which is our most popular soap (we can’t keep it stocked fast enough!).
Clean Your House – Seems obvious, but between work, kids, school, who has time? Well, you don’t have to go crazy with cleaning, but dusting frequently, vacuuming, and especially cleaning up counters and floors lets bugs know this is not the place for them! A natural way to clean your counters and floors – Mix 2 parts Lemongrass Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil with 3 parts white vinegar, spray and wipe clean! (You can also read our blog on how to clean naturally here.)
Chalk – Ants won’t walk where’s there’s chalk! So get those kids outside drawing hopscotch boards!
Dryer Sheets – Ok, so this is not 100% natural, but dryer sheets are great for deterring mosquitos and gnats. Keep a few in your pockets while hiking
Growing Basil – It is said that basil deters mosquitos, so get your planting gear ready and plant some basil. Basil LOVES water and sunlight, so pick a sunny area and be sure to water frequently. Plus, nothing makes a better tomato sauce than fresh basil.
Citronella Oil – A classic goodie! Mosquitoes really can’t stand the smell of citronella, so grab some citronella essential oil (dilute with a carrier oil), and rub away. A little trick – keep citronella candles outside when you’re out, especially in the evening, or use a diffuser with the oil.
Eliminate Standing Water – If you have a pool cover, or anywhere there’s standing water, this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and all other kinds of insects. Make sure you drain the water very frequently, and go ahead and pour some white vinegar anywhere the water would normally stand.
Lavender Essential Oil – This seemingly “magical” oil has unbelievably versatile properties, and one of them is deterring mosquitoes!
Refrigerate Foods – There’s lots of advice for certain food items you’re not supposed to refrigerate, like bananas and garlic, but try putting as much as you can in the refrigerator so the foods aren’t open to bugs, especially fruit flies.
Baking Soda – Another one of the most versatile products on the market, mixed with white vinegar, baking soda is a fantastic cleaning agent and bug deterrent! Sprinkle a little in places to keep them away, and if you happen to have a mound, pour two cups of baking soda to cover the mound, and then white vinegar to wash it away.
Wear Long Sleeves & Long Pants in Light Colors – This is especially important if you plan on hiking. Make sure to tuck in your pants into your boots. This helps prevent tick bites, and the light colors make it easier to spot ticks. Be especially careful when hiking with pets! Ticks can be deadly.
Also check out our Don’t Bug Me Candle, made with natural, essential oils to help deter bugs! This candle was also featured on HealtStreetJournal.com!