I learned recently that mosquitoes are more attracted to me right now because I’m pregnant. What?? I attracted mosquitoes like crazy before I got pregnant! They like me more now? Turns out that mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and because I’m exhaling more of that these days…here come the itchy bug bites!
While I really can’t handle swatting away those annoying little creatures, I’m faced with the reality that it is summer, I’m spending time outside, and there is that risk we don’t like to think about like the West Nile virus. I’ve gotta come up with someway to protect myself without the use of toxic bug sprays and anything involving DEET. Some research shows that DEET is safe when used as recommended in pregnant women, but I’d prefer to go in a more natural direction.
I was at my favorite South Shore farmers’ market recently and picked up an all natural insect repellent made by the St. Ann Center of Milwaukee. St. Ann’s is a community based organization that provides health and educational resources for children, frail adults, and their caregivers. The insect repellent they sell has some pretty basic ingredients: Witch hazel, lemongrass, peppermint, thyme, oils, and water. Lovin’ the non-toxic love coming from this spray! Plus, it really does work. I’ve been spraying it on before taking Max for walks at night and it has worked like a charm. The smell of the spray is delightful and fresh and doesn’t bother my skin at all. It is even safe for use with pets, so I gave Max a light spray as well so the bugs wouldn’t bother him either.
If you can’t get a hold of this particular St. Ann’s Insect Repellent from the South Shore farmers’ market, try dabbing lavender oil on your wrists and neck to give off an aroma to keep away the mosquitoes. Lavender is a pretty common essential oil to have around the house, so maybe you already have easy access! Here are a few other tips to keep those pesky guys at bay:
- Choose light over dark clothing
- Mow your lawn and do not allow water to stand in buckets or watering cans
- Plant basil near to where you hang out outside. It works as a natural deterrent.
- Turn on a fan. Mosquitoes don’t like a constant breeze.
Has anyone else found a non-toxic insect repellent they’ve tried and loved?