Spring is upon us, which probably means you will be finding more time for yourself outside. Whether you are planting in the garden, hiking the greenbelt or having a picnic out at Zilker Park, it is likely that you will begin to notice pesky mosquitoes lurking about.
Fear not – I have found (and tested!) a great bug spray recipe online. Click the link below for further instructions and details!
When it comes to warm weather care products, there are several commercial goods that are best to avoid. Mosquito repellent falls into this category due to its toxic ingredients, specifically DEET. Although the EPA currently rates DEET under the second lowest toxicity category as “slightly toxic,” it is a registered pesticide known to cause skin irritation and can also be neurotoxic to our central nervous system.
DEET is the most commonly active ingredient in insect repellent and a member of the toluene chemical family (an organic solvent used in rubber, plastic cement, and paint removers). Despite what the rumors might say, the CDC does not classify DEET as a human carcinogenic; however, their guidelines do not cancel out its ability to be absorbed through our skin and passed into our blood stream.
Therefore, the more I educate myself about DEET and other chemicals, the more I am convinced on how important it is to treat my skin with the utmost respect it deserves. Overall, I had a positive experience testing out this bug spray as it was certainly effective and easy to whip up! Disclaimer: it is not a repellent application that you can spray once and BOOM – you’re done. You will need to store this smell-good bug spray in a medium size bottle that can be safely transported and reapplied as necessary.
That’s about it! Have fun creating your own homemade be gone bug juice. 🙂