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  • Published on Jul 15, 2015
    Must Try Insect Repellent Alternatives

    Keep the Mosquitos Away This Summer

    Summer is in full swing right along side camping season, bringing out our little blood sucking friends for a feast. If you don’t want to become a mosquito snack and don’t like the lingering smell of harsh chemicals, then you should try some of these great natural and alternative insect repellents. All tried and true with great reviews!

    Homemade Bug Spray

    This homemade bug spray doesn’t call for many ingredients and smells great! It only requires five ingredients and is really easy to make. Plus you can add whatever scents you prefer to tailor it to your senses. 


    • Essential oils: Your choice of Citronella, Cedar, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, Catnip, Mint, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Clove, Rosemary or Lavender. 
    • Natural Witch Hazel
    • Distilled or boiled Water
    • Vegetable glycerin (optional)


    1. Fill an 8 oz spray bottle with distilled or boiled water. 
    2. Add witch hazel and fill almost to the top.
    3. Add a ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)
    4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to your desired scent. The more oils used the stronger your spray will be. Not sure what to use? Try this combination of cajeput, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary. 

    Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent

    This insect repellent by Repel contains a natural solution of lemon eucalyptus and is deet free. The product claims to repel mosquitos for up to six hours and protect against west nile. It has over 900 reviews on amazon.com and a 4 star rating with great reviews. If you don’t want to make your own natural insect repellent this would be a great alternative!

    Coleman Naturals Insect Repellent Snap Band

    Don’t want to hassle with reapplying your bug spray every 6 hours? Try a insect repellent snap band by Coleman. This easy to use snap band is one size fit all and requires no adjustments. The repellent itself makes no contact to the skin and is contained in a safety reservoir. You can find one of these at your local outdoor store or online. It has a 4.5 star online rating and wonderful reviews. 

    Bug Spray App

    You hear this saying all the time, “There’s an app for that.” If you want to keep the bugs off you this summer, there is indeed an app for that too! Take a look at at the Bug Spray Ultrasonic app by Apptomic. This app uses ultrasonic, high frequency tones emitted from your cell phone to help keep the insects away. The frequency tone is above the hearing range for most people making it virtually silent!  A perfect tech savvy alternative to traditional insect repellents. If you want to give it a try, you can go ahead and download the app right here

    As you can see there are many alternatives out there for insect repellent. Whether it’s store bought, homemade, or an app, you have plenty of options to choose from. Find the best that works for you so you can stay off the menu this summer! If you are interested in other types of apps to assist you in your camping adventures, check out the Route 66 RV Network Blog post on the 50 Must Have Apps When Camping. You’re sure to find one that will make your camping trip that much easier!



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