There is much controversy about the safety of Deet. In 2014, a team of researchers found the chemical Deet to be toxic to the central nervous system. They explained that this chemical does not simply modify behaviour, it also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, in both insects and mammals.
Deet is a true repellent, this means that it protects not by killing mosquitoes or other insects, but by preventing them from landing on your skin or clothing in the first place. One theory is that Deet blocks the insects’ ability to smell human sweat and breath. More recent research suggests a different but far simpler explanation, the compound just smells incredibly bad to most bugs – so much so that they avoid all contact with it.
Even with its benefits as a true repellent, do you still want to spritz anything with Deet on your skin? If the answer is “no” then this simple to make DIY mozzie repellent might be right up your alley.
Essential Oils That Repel Mozzies:
Mosquitoes can’t stand citronella, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, and lavender, so here is a little recipe that will have them flying in the opposite direction.
Mix 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 20 drops of citronella essential oil in two cups of water, pour the concoction into a spray bottle and spritz yourself silly.
You can even burn citronella candles or citronella essential oil in a diffuser in your house or garden during mozzie season to prevent the little buggers from making a meal of you.
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