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Choosing A Natural Insect Repellent: Say Goodbye To Pesky Bugs

Choosing A Natural Insect Repellent

Biting insects are the definition of ruining a good thing. Not only are they irritating and uncomfortable, but bites can also be dangerous if left unchecked. In particular, mosquito borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Malaria can be fatal.

Though very uncommon in the UK, we know our customers love and trust our products to explore all over the world.

Without natural mosquito repellents, you could be at risk of harmful insect bites.

But with the right natural insect repellents, you can keep yourself safe from bug bites while enjoying your time outdoors. 

Here’s why natural insect repellents are the way to go for your next camping trip…!

Understanding The Importance Of Natural Insect Repellents

We believe natural insect repellents are the best way to protect yourself from bug bites. The most common active ingredient in natural insect repellents is a chemical naturally found in certain plants called citronella. Citronella works by masking your scent and confusing biting bugs, so they can’t find you!

Citronella does not irritate the skin like chemical-based repellents often do, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin. Despite the taboo of natural products, Citronella is just as an effective insect repellent as its chemical counterparts.

Incognito citronella spray is a tried and tested, Wood To Water approved insect repellent. Take it with you on your next teip and see just how great it is for avoiding those pesky bites!

The Science Behind Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients

Mosquitoes and biting insects are attracted to certain scents. They detect the carbon dioxide emitted from human and animal bodies. Perspiration is a good indicator of your whereabouts for the pesky critters.

Eating sugary foods can also make you more attractive and susceptible to bites. That’s where natural insect repellents come in, masking your natural odours and allowing you to enjoy your camping holiday with sweet treats!

Citronella is a natural repellent derived from the leaves and stems of certain types of grass. This plant-based active ingredient has been scientifically proven to work against both mosquitoes and ticks, making it ideal for those wanting to keep biting bugs away!

Other essential oils, such as peppermint and thyme, are great for matching citronella’s ability to mask your scent from pesky bugs and avoiding insect borne diseases.

Tick bites are commonly known to cause lymes disease, a dangerous bacterial infection. Incognito insect repellent contains a blend of essential oils, including citronella and peppermint, to help keep you safe and hidden from lurking ticks on your next woodland walk.

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Choosing A Natural Insect Repellent: Say Goodbye To Pesky Bugs

Essential Oils: The Power Of Natural Protection

Essential oils are a perfect example of the power of protection using natural scents. Thyme oil, for example, is known as an effective natural mosquito repellent. With such oils, you can even try making your own remedies at home!

Lavender and clove oils have been proven as effective for masking scents.  When mixed with the right water-based emulsifier, they’ll make a great natural mosquito repellent.

However, the effort taken to create these home remedies is often not time or cost effective. Wood To Water stocks Incognito citronella spray in a 100ml size, great for supplying the whole family for a week long trip.

We also stock the Care Plus natural insect repellent in a mini size. This 15ml bottle is great for travel, especially for plane carry on, and is lightweight and easy to bring along on hikes.

Utilising herbal essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus, Care Plus’ patented technology protects against all biting insects at a reasonable price. It also comes in a bottle that can be opened and refilled using larger bottles, offering cost effective insect repellent!

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Choosing A Natural Insect Repellent: Say Goodbye To Pesky Bugs

How To Properly Apply Natural Insect Repellents

Just like with chemical insect repellents, natural insect repellents should be applied properly and on a regular basis.

Sprays make natural mosquito repellents easy to use.  Before heading outside, spray the natural insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing.

Remember to avoid spraying the repellent directly onto your face, as it can cause irritation.  Instead, spray it onto the palms of your hands and then pat it on.

It’s important to concentrate your spray around wrists and ankles for a tick repellent. Ticks tend to live in hedgerows and grasses with deer nearby. They bite their host by walking up from the ground and travelling around your body to find their favourite spot. Not ideal!

Applying spray in a concentrated measure to your ankles, and tucking in any loose clothing to socks and boots are great natural repellents against pesky ticks, allowing you to hike for longer without the worry.

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Choosing A Natural Insect Repellent: Say Goodbye To Pesky Bugs

The Benefits Of Natural Insect Repellents For Children And Pets

When it comes to protecting our loved ones, nothing is more important. Natural insect repellents are a great choice for keeping children and pets safe from bug bites.

Since they don’t contain any harsh chemicals or toxins, natural insect repellents are much gentler on the skin than chemical-based repellents. This makes them ideal for young children and sensitive-skinned animals.

Certain dog breeds especially can suffer from sensitive skin. Utilising natural oils to deter insects is a great way to keep your animals safe and comfortable and offer extra protection, on top of tick and flea medication, during the summer months.

Keeping your pets tick-free is important as they’re hard to spot, meaning they can live on your pet and be brought into your house without you knowing! Preparing with natural insect repellent is a surefire way to keep your home safe, healthy and pest free.

For convenience, you can use Incognito citronella oil spray with wipes or by spraying it into your hands and applying gently to your little ones.

Say goodbye to pesky insects once and for all with Incognito’s natural insect repellent products!

Insect And Mosquito Protection With Wood To Water

Wood To Water stocks a range of natural insect repellents to keep you safe from bug bites.

Our Incognito citronella spray is ideal for camping and outdoor activities; Care Plus’ patented technology will keep you safe from all biting insects, even in the jungle!

If mosquitoes and ticks seem to love you more than most. These products will be life changing for summer walks. Shop now and be sure to leave a review, letting us know just how much you love essential oil insect repellent!


Are Natural Products  As Effective As Chemical Mosquito Repellent?

Yes, natural insect repellents are just as effective as chemical-based sprays. Citronella is the most common active ingredient in natural sprays and works just as well to mask your natural scent.

Go Incognito with Wood To Water for ultimate mosquito protection.

What Repels Bugs Naturally?

Essential oils are a great way to naturally repel bugs. Citronella, peppermint, and thyme have all been proven to work against bugs by confusing their senses, allowing you to enjoy your time outdoors without having to worry about bug bites.

Are Citronella Products Safe For Children?

Citronella is a naturally occurring essential oil that is 100% safe for children and pets. Wood To Water stocks Incognito citronella spray and Care Plus natural insect repellents, both of which are safe for those with sensitive skin that need to shake off the mosquitoes this summer.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Humans?

Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide humans and animals emit, as well as sweet smells like sugary foods. They use this to locate their prey – us! Use mosquito repellent sprays to hide away in plain sight, keeping you and your family safe on your next camping trip.

Can You Make Insect Repellent At Home?

You can replicate the recipe of essential oil insect repellent at home using essential oils diluted in water. These methods are effective. However, they’re not certified and guaranteed to deter pests. They also can take more time and money than purchasing proven-to-work natural products.

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