3 Eco Friendly Ways To Repel Mosquitoes

3 Eco Friendly Ways To Repel Mosquitoes

June 17, 2019

It’s summer in Alabama, which means your body is gonna turn into a feeding ground for mosquitoes every time you walk outside. Of course you could always use that name brand bug repellent that seems to work great, but isn’t so great for the environment. According to a Grist.com article titled The green take on insect repellents and sunscreens, bug repellent contains DEET, which is;

persistent environmental contaminant that breaks down slowly in soil. A recent U.S. Geological Survey report on water contaminants listed DEET as one of the compounds most frequently found in the nation’s streams. The U.S. EPA regards DEET as ‘slightly toxic’ to birds, fish, and aquatic invertebrates

Yikes. The next question would be ‘What are some eco friendly ways to keep bugs from feasting on my flesh without using something that’s terrible for the environment?’ For your convenience, here’s a list of some quick and easy ways to stay bug free and eco friendly this summer.

  1. Wear long sleeves:

I know this isn’t ideal if you live somewhere incredibly hot, but consider light colored long sleeve sweat wicking shirts paired with breathable pants. Why light colored? Darker colors tend to attract mosquitoes according to the aforementioned Grist.com article. I’m a big advocate for this solution since it doesn’t involve putting chemicals on the skin.

  1. Eco friendly bug repellents:

There are plenty of these on the market, here are two you should definitely check out.

-Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

-Kinven Mosquito Repellent Spray for Kids & Adults with Natural Oils

(Source: 13 Best Natural Bug Repellents in 2019)

  1. Wear scents that mosquitoes hate:

This is an interesting solution that not many people think of when trying to repel bugs. Here are just two scents that mosquitoes don’t like.

-Lavender

-Rosemary

(Source: 10 Scents That Repel Mosquitos)

Sources & Further Reading

McRandle, P.W., and Molly Rauch. “The Green Take on Insect Repellents and Sunscreens.” Grist, Grist, 10 Oct. 2013, grist.org/article/a-fly-in-the-ointment/.

Baardsen, Dana, et al. “Insects Will Be Too Cool for You After You Use Any of These Natural Bug Repellents.” Best Products, 12 Mar. 2019, www.bestproducts.com/parenting/kids/g1387/natural-bug-repellent/.

“10 Scents That Repel Mosquitoes.” Mosquito Magnet®, www.mosquitomagnet.com/articles/10-scents-that-repel-mosquitoes.