Insect Repellents

Insect repellent can be nasty stuff. Many contain DEET, a pesticide that is toxic to the nervous system. According to the EPA, DEET is not harmful to people… but just in case they want you to:

  • Not apply on broken skin
  • Wash hands immediately after applying, and wash off after coming indoors
  • Not “over-apply” it
  • Wash clothing that has touched the product before wearing again
  • Not apply on children at all

Based on the EPA’s recommendations, I’m going to go ahead and assume that DEET is not really all that great for people and animals.

Luckily there are lots of alternatives for keeping mosquitoes and ticks away. Here are two that I’ve tried.


Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent smells like lemons and works great. Because it’s basically just essential oils, the consistency is oily. A little bit goes a long way, and you really need to rub it into your skin. This stuff lasts a nice long time too, about 5.5 hours!


All Terrain Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent is my favorite repellent. I took it camping once and people who had other repellents kept asking to borrow mine. It’s a spray lotion, which means it doesn’t blow all around is you spray it outside. You spray it on and rub it in, and it absorbs nicely. It smells really good, and it works fabulously. I do have to reapply it every 2 hours or so, but it’s worth it.