Put Away The DEET And Grow Catnip To Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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put-away-the-deet-and-grow-catnip-to-repel-mosquitoes-naturallyThere’s nothing worse than soaking in a day of perfect weather and becoming a buffet for mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, bug repellent sprays aren’t actually as safe as they’re advertised to be, so how do you protect yourself from bugs and bug-related diseases?

Put Down The DEET!

Popular insect repellent spray can cause symptoms of poisoning in sensitive individuals or through prolonged exposure.


Common side-effects include (1):

  • Hives or blisters
  • Redness and skin irritation
  • Insomnia and mood changes.
  • Eye irritation
  • Caughing
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Nausea
  • Poor concentration

Duke University pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia has also issued a warning that frequent and prolonged DEET exposure led to brain cell death and behavioral change (2).

What Are The Natural Alternatives ?

Science Daily reports that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, a popular ingredient in commercial insect repellents. This compound is also responsible for the plant’s characteristic odor.

Other effective bug-repelling options include lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil (4).

How To Make Your Own Bug Repellent Spray


  • Essential oils: Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • 4 oz. Natural Witch Hazel
  • 4 oz. Distilled or boiled Water
  • 1/2 tsp Vegetable glycerin (optional)


  1. Fill a spray bottle half with water.
  2. Top off with witch hazel, leaving an inch or so of space at the top.
  3. Add the glycerin if using.
  4. Finally, add 30-50 drops of essential oils, the more you use, the more effective it’ll be. If you’re sensitive to strong smells, stick with catnip oil.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, plant catnip, rosemary, lavender and mint in your garden or around your porch to keep the bugs at bay! You can also build a bat house to naturally control mosquito population around your home.