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The Importance of Safe and Natural Bug Repellent

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's summertime again. That means the birds are chirping, the garden is growing and the bugs are definitely making their mark. Unfortunately, with all the crazy chemicals used in bug spray these days, repellent can be just as worrisome as the insects themselves. Still, there are certain diseases spread by bug bites (West Nile Virus and Lime Disease) that are important to protect ourselves against. I did a similar post last year and thought it was time to bring it back around again. 

We all want to keep ourselves from getting eaten alive, but at what cost? Chemical laden bug spays have been linked to all kinds of potential health problems, ranging from negative affects on the nervous system (including thyroid and liver issues) to neurological damage. It's the sad truth that as adults such warnings don't always deter us from buying a product. As parents though, we can't ignore the fact that it is our responsibility to help our kids steer clear of such hazards. A study from Duke University through the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides found that, "With heavy exposure to DEET . . . humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath." Other chemicals in standard repellents have also been linked to skin and eye irritations. 

Of course there are other ways to prevent getting bitten. You can try to stay indoors during the evening when the bugs are more likely to be out, or dress in long sleeves and long pants. I have also come up with a list of five natural and safe bug sprays that have reportedly had good results. I hope this helps!

Natural Bug Repellant


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