Friday, May 13, 2011

Simple Survival Tips - Plant Based Bug Repellants

Sometimes the creatures in nature can cause you a lot of grief. This is especially true where mosquitoes and ticks are concerned. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, sooner or later you will have an encounter with these aggravating little critters.

While the majority of bug repellants contain DEET as their main ingredient, there are alternatives that are just as effective but less likely to cause the skin irritation that sometimes occurs with the prolonged use of bug repellants containing DEET. Many people are quite sensitive to a number of chemicals and may suffer skin irritation or other effects from the prolonged use of chemical based bug repellants.

The easiest way to avoid this problem is to use a plant based bug repellant. One of the best plant based bug repellants that RW, Jr. and myself have found is a eucalyptus plant based bug repellant. Although it has a limited effectiveness time-wise, it doesn’t seem to create the irritation problems that can occur from using chemical based bug repellants.

If you have sensitivity to certain chemicals, a plant based bug repellant makes a good alternative to help you avoid creating more problems while trying to avoid problems with mosquitoes and ticks.

My thanks to RW, Jr. for reminding me to pass this tip along to everyone.

Staying above the water line!



Dustin Tarditi said...

Many plants high in chlorophyll can be crushed up (get the oils free) and rubbed on exposed skin - this, supposedly, confuses biting insects into thinking you are a plant.

Don't try this with poison ivy or other known irritating plants, of course!

riverwalker said...

To: Dustin

If you accidentally use poison ivy or poison oak leaves it could seriously ruin your day.

Thanks Dustin.


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