Bug Off! Green Ways to Repel Bugs and Soothe Bug Bites

Bug Off! Green Ways to Repel Bugs and Soothe Bug Bites

  • posted on: August 10, 2018
  • posted by: 21 Acres
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Summer is the time of year everyone should be enjoying the outdoors—swimming, hiking, camping, or picnicking with family and friends! Unfortunately, bugs love summer too. Many of us have come to consider bug bites the inevitable result of a day or night spent communing with nature… especially when the only alternative is spraying ourselves, and our kids, with nasty chemicals! Thankfully, there are ways of keeping the bugs away without resorting to harmful chemicals.

Hate bug bites but can’t stand the nasty chemical smell of standard bug repellents… or the thought of what those chemicals might be doing to you, your kids, and the environment? The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2018 Guide to Bug Repellents can help you determine which insect repellents are safest for you and your family!

You may also want to read the EWG’s Do’s and Don’ts For Avoiding Bug Bites

If you want to give all-natural, homemade insect repellents a try, read this blog post from DIY Natural or choose from this list of ‘10 Natural Ingredients That Repel Mosquitos’ by Healthline.

Of course, even with all of these precautions, an extra-determined bug or two can sneak past your defenses and help himself to a tasty you-snack. In that case, try one (or more) of these all-natural, home remedies for bug bites and stings from The Environmental Magazine:

– Oatmeal
– Honey
– Aloe Vera
– Ice
– Lemon Balm
– Chamomile Tea
– Baking Soda
– Garlic

Read the full article here.

Don’t let bugs or bug bites get in the way of your summer fun!


If you have any questions or want more information contact generalinfo@21acres.org or stop by 21 Acres and talk to one of our staff members—we love sharing tips and tricks for greener living!

Our Green Directory is another great resource for identifying a wide variety of environmentally-friendly products and businesses.