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Q & A - Non Toxic Bug Repellent?

Non toxic bug repellents are a great option to keep outdoor insects at bay without exposing yourself to synthetic pesticides. And there are many effective non toxic and less toxic bug repellent options available for what’s bugging you.

Cedar oil is my go-to bug solution becomes it acts as both a repellant and an insecticide. Plus, I love the smell. I’ve used Wondercide products as an outdoor insect repellant and as an indoor insecticide.

Cedar oil comes from cedar trees. Cedar trees have many natural toxins, or biocides, that protect them from dry rot, mold and insects. However, no human or pet safety concerns have been identified.

Wondercide Natural Deet Free Insect Repellent 

Other non toxic bug repellents that I’ve tried are 

Skeeter Screen 

Skeeter Beater 

Skeeter Skidaddler

Some less toxic options are made with lemon eucalyptus oil. This oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented eucalyptus, (para-Menthane-3,8-diol is the synthesized version used in most commercial preparations). 

Lemon eucalyptus oil is the only plant-based repellent recommended by the CDC to repel mosquitoes. Three options based on lemon eucalyptus are

Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

OFF! Botanicals

Coleman Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

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