As a group of creatures, insects are the largest portion of animal life on this planet, about 95 percent of all animal species.
Even though only a fraction of these insects become pests in human lives, that still means there are a lot to deal with. To be fair, they do add value by pollinating the flowers and replenishing the soil with organic nutrients. Some even say that they’re nature’s premiere catalysts of ecological changes and life’s proliferation.
I won’t go deeper into that part of things concerning insects because what we are here to talk about today is keeping them away!
Insect-borne illnesses are on the rise, and some can be serious, even deadly. It wasn’t too long ago that people in 48 states contracted the mosquito-borne disease West Nile virus, and 114 of them died. As climate change intensifies, public health experts expect that more breeds of mosquito will thrive in the United States.
Avoid Store Bought Mosquito Repellents (DEET)
Duke University pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia, in studies on rats, found that frequent and prolonged DEET exposure led to diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes, and concluded that humans should stay away from products containing it.
Diy Mosquito Repellent
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- 2 floating disc candles
- 2 mason jars
This makes for 2 jars, so put equal amounts of each ingredient into each jar. To activate them, just light a candle.