Enjoy the Outdoors by Saying Bye-Bye to the Bugs, Naturally
August air is sticky, hot and humid. Which is a perfect breeding ground for bugs. Late summer also means the bees are buzzing, ants are foraging and fruit flies are taking over thanks to the fruit and vegetable harvests. Although Fall may be fast approaching, the shear number of creepy critters seems to be quickly growing.
Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you’re hesitant to douse your surroundings with insecticides due to the well known hazards of synthetic pesticides. You probably already know that pesticides are not your only defense to keep the bugs at bay?
Natural Insect Repellent
Remember sitting outside on a warm summer night with citronella candles burning bright? That’s because the Citronella plant has been registered with the EPA as an insect repellant in the United States since 1948 *. However, with candles being under fire since 2001 because of their contribution to indoor air pollution, some people tossed their candles and started using essential oils instead.
Citronella isn’t the only essential oil out there that can act as an insecticide. The environmental problems caused by overuse of pesticides have been the matter of concern for both scientists and public in recent years. It has been estimated that about 2.5 million tons of pesticides are used on crops each year and the worldwide damage caused by pesticides reaches $100 billion annually.
Natural products, mainly essential oils, are now being studied (and accepted) as an excellent alternative to synthetic pesticides as a means to reduce negative impacts to human health and the environment.
Five Essential Oils that Naturally Keep the Bugs at Bay
While there are a myriad of essential oils that can be used as an insect repellant, today we are going to talk about a few of our favorites from the Pure From Nature Summer Collection.
1. Citronella (Cymbopogon Winterianus):
As mentioned above, the sweet, lemony scent of Citronella will keep the pesky pests at bay. The best known use is to keep mosquitoes away, but has been known to also well work against fleas, flies, gnats, moths, spiders and ticks.
2. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus):
Lemongrass is a considered a cousin of citronella holding many of the same properties and are processed in the same manner. The only real difference is they grow it two different geographical areas.
3. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globus):
Considered as a green living go to, Eucalyptus essential oils have been duly recognized as a green household cleaner and green insecticide.
4. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
Ever do a search for tea tree essential oil insect repellant? Google has over 600,000 results with tea tree oil used in recipes from insect repellant sprays to body lotions.
5. Peppermint (Mentha × piperita):
Peppermint seems to have one of the most potent scents that insects just can’t seem to stand. It has been known to repel everything from ants, flies and lice; to warding off fleas, mosquitoes and moths.
Thanks to nature, you can safely sit on the patio without the barrage of unwanted pests. If after reading this post you decide you want to try a water-based air purifiers and/or essential oils (ours are non-synthetic all-natural water based blends) you can buy some right here at purefromnature.com. We happen to have the favorites listed above on sale till the end of August. If you use your purifier outside, be sure to bring your purifier indoors or under cover if it rains. Now get out there and enjoy the summer before it slips away!
* While the EPA does recognize citronella oil as an insect repellent, they (along with the CDC) do not recommend it to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses. Visit consumer reports for an overview on insect repellants and mosquito repellants that will best protect against the zika virus.