Stay away from insect repellents that have DEET in them. DEET is designed to repel insects, but it can also be a skin irritant as well as very toxic to wildlife. Try natural insect repellents that you can make at home! One easy recipe to try is: fill half of an 8 ounce spray bottle with boiled or distilled water, add witch hazel to fill it almost to the top, add ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional), and add 30-50 drops of essential oils to a desired scent. Some great oils to use are: rosemary, clove, lavender, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.
There are even simpler ways to repel bugs! Rub some vanilla extract on your skin or even rub lavender flowers or dried mint leaves to get the same effect.
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