I am never bothered by mosquitos in Sidney; but here, in Ontario they are a nuisance. The question then becomes, what do you do to avoid being a bug's dinner? Most insect repellants are loaded with toxic chemicals, of which DEET is one. I do not wish to purposely put any known chemical on my body.
Years ago, when we were travelling across Canada on our motorcycle, we came upon a campground that was making and selling an insect repellant by the name of "Bite Me!" It was made from essential oils and it worked. I have never been able to find it again.
But the good news is there is a spray called Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellant that contains essential oils. There is also a push-up stick that you rub on your skin called Badger Anti-Bug Balm which contains 100% USDA organic essential oils. Even better news is that both are completely safe even for children and pets. They are also paraben free, phthalate free and ph balanced. Now, I need to find these products here in London, Ont
However, if I can't find either of these, I just might make my own. Here is an all natural recipe that I found.
Combine the following essential oils:
1/2 ounce citronella oil or peppermint oil
1/4 ounce lavender oil 1/8 ounce tea tree oil
1/8 ounce jojoba oil or almond oil – preferably organic
Dilute in 16 ounces of witch hazel and pour in a squirt or spray bottle. As a general rule, do not use essential oils undiluted.
Have fun and don't let the bugs bite!