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    Default DIY Bug Spray for Mosquitoes and Ticks. Natural essential oils

    DIY Bug Spray for Mosquitoes and Ticks. Natural essential oils. Warning. Check for any allergies first.

    Having contracted Lyme twice I needed to take additional steps for my hiking and preparedness. One problem is DEET and other bug sprays don't react well for me when applied to skin. Also sometimes they eat synthetic materials. I now spray clothing with pyrethrin insecticide however there is still a gap in the defenses. I decided to test this out by mixing the concoction in the Lyme tick and mosquito infested woods for the first use. I made both tick and mosquito spray.

    The essential oils.

    Grain Alcohol. This helps the oils and water properly mix.

    Distilled water.

    Funnel and host container.

    Dark colored containers or those which shield sunlight are best. I used what was available.

    Here are the instructions.

    Tick spray.
    Ingredients :

    30 drops rose geranium essential oil
    30 drops amyris essential oil
    10 drops Citronello (Cedarwood , lavender oil, lemon oil, lemon grass oil) essential oil

    1 ounce grain alcohol
    3 ounces distilled water
    1 dark colored 4 ounce spray bottle

    1. Fill dark colored spray bottle with 1 ounce of grain alcohol
    2. 30 drops of geranium essential oil , 30 drops amyris essential oil, 10 drops citronello essential oil
    3. Put cap on shake well
    4. Fill remaining 3 ounces with distilled water
    5. Shake again
    6.Spray on clothing and shoes
    7. Store in a cool area away from like.

    Live Tick free!
    Rose geranium is the big one that really repels ticks.

    Mosquitoes Free same process as above but use:
    30 drops Citronella (Cedarwood , lavender oil, lemon oil, lemon grass oil) essential oil
    30 drops rose geranium essential oil
    10 drops peppermint essential oil
    5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential oil

    So far it has been working. Here is a video. Thanks for looking!

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    Default Re: DIY Bug Spray for Mosquitoes and Ticks. Natural essential oils

    Thanks for the info and the links! Hopefully we can get an update end of season.

    From link in Amazonia:

    “As one of the few oils with the ability to both uplift and sedate, Rose Geranium works profoundly on the emotions. It works wonders in skincare remedies and can be used to help in the treatment of the following: acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, mosquito repellant, ringworm, ulcers, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia. It can be used to remedy digestive ailments, kidney and bladder disorders and has traditionally been considered as an astringent. This variety of Rose Geranium is one of the most fragrant specie and the oil is used in to perfumery and cosmetics industry as it can be made to imitate many fragrances and is often used to 'stretch' the much more expensive oil of rose.”

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    I enjoyed the video, and am looking forward to your long term results for the tick spray. I have used essential oils as a mosquito repellent, and it works pretty well. Being health conscious, I avoid putting chemicals on my skin which end up in my body.

    As a professional land surveyor, I have spent a lot of time in tick infested woods. Early in my working career (about 30 years ago), some veteran surveyors showed me a tick and chigger repellant that works extremely well; powdered sulphur. They kept it in a sock, and pounced it on their boots, socks, pants and waistline. None of us got so much as a single tick or chigger bite. Without the sulphur, it was not uncommon to have 3 or more ticks, and a dozen+ chigger bites per day. The downside is that sulphur stinks and lingers in clothes after washing. At the time, I gladly accepted the smell to remain parasite free. Powdered sulphur can be purchased at a pharmacy or online store.

    I don't spend too much time in the woods these days, but frequently pick up ticks in my backyard due to deer and other wildlife, and our property being in a green area of the community. (I haven't treated the yard so far this year due to rain and work conflicts.) Despite it's effectiveness, I am not too eager to use the sulphur due to the lingering smell. DEET and other chemicals are out due to health concerns, but I'm definitely be interested in the natural oils solution if it is able to repel ticks. Subscribed!
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