What’s more satisfying than using your nail to press an ‘x’ into your itchy mosquito bite? Not having any bites in the first place!
Unfortunately I am not that lucky and my personal intoxicating aroma attracted a boat load of mosquitoes and other shithead bugs to bite my legs and bum while cottaging this past week.
But Ola, why don’t you cover up and put on some bug spray? -_-
I did. When the mosquitoes were out from dusk till midnight, I wore a hoodie with my pants tucked into my socks in 30* weather…in front of a fire. So yea, I was a bit hot and became super annoyed when I was constantly swatting away the mosquitoes while my bf silently taunted me, sitting in his shorts and tank top undisturbed.
I hesitantly sprayed myself with store-bought bug spray that contained a bunch of DEET because I couldn’t take it anymore. Did it do anything? Look at my legs and bum and you’d think I was chilling naked near standing water. I have so many red bumps that it looks like that guy from the acne commercial who ate too many chocolate bars and didn’t wash his face.
I am hesitant to use store-bought bug spray with DEET because there are a lot of adverse effects. It’s a known irritant that can cause rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, and with prolonged usage can cause neurological damage and kill brain cells. It also harms wildlife and has been used so much that it’s seeped into many lakes and rivers that we use as a water source. Yikes!
This being said, use your head. I live in Canada, where I don’t have to worry about malaria or zika virus. I’m not camping outside where I’m in the elements 24/7. I’m sitting next to a campfire for a few hours in the evening and sleeping inside. If you need to use chemicals because it’s right for you, then go for it. But you probably won’t like my point of view or my other natural (and totally awesome) recipes.
But what about West Nile virus? First of all, are you a hypochondriac? Second, contracting it is actually quite low and third, even if you do, the symptoms for 99% of people are minimal.
In the end, I rather limit chemicals and I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I know I have a nice tush, but I thought it would’ve prevented bites but it didn’t work at all. Now I’m turning to my trusted essential oils to make a natural bug spray, specifically for mosquitoes.
Natural Bug Spray
½ cup distilled water
½ cup witch hazel
20-50 drops essential oils
To make natural bug spray, pour in the distilled water and witch hazel into a spray bottle. Add in the essential oils: for sensitive skin, add 20-25 drops or 40-50 drops for normal skin. You can use a variety of different essential oils to prevent bug bites including cedar, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.
Certain essential oils should be avoided by children such as clove, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree. The best bet would be to keep it simple with citronella and lavender unless they are very young. Maybe just use a mosquito net or stay inside.
My favourites to use for natural bug spray are citronella/lavender or lavender/rosemary/tea tree but try out a few concoctions and use what works best for you.
When your natural bug spray is ready to use, it’s recommended to spray onto your clothes rather than directly to skin, however, you can spray on skin as long as the essential oils are diluted (which they are in this recipe). However, do not spray directly into your face, particularly the mouth and eyes or onto your hands which you will use for eating delicious hot dogs.
Other ways to prevent bug bites:
- Cover up with long sleeves, pants, socks, adult onesie 🙂
- Ensure clothes are loose rather than skin tight
- Avoid areas with standing water (unless you have a sweet lake-front cottage)
- Stay cool as mosquitoes like hot bodies (as in temperature, not shredded bodies)
- Avoid wearing scented moisturizer, perfume, etc.
- Sit next to someone like me who gets bit a lot
I hope your tush fares better than mine.