Do Natural Insect Repellents actually work against mosquitoes and other bugs?

Do Natural Insect Repellents actually work against mosquitoes and other bugs?

So, you want to go au naturel with your insect repellent, do you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Natural insect repellents are a perfect option for the whole family to deter those pesky bloodsuckers.


But you might be wondering, do natural insect repellents really work? Or perhaps you want to know if the natural stuff can go head-to-head on the hardcore chemicals.


(Hint: it definitely can).


Just because you want to choose natural options for you and your family doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Natural insect repellents and insect sprays are incredibly effective against insects, just like their traditional, chemical counterparts.  


Don’t take our word for it, though; we’ll let the facts speak for themselves.


Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) vs DEET; which is better?


DEET is a common chemical used in mosquito repellents. While DEET is effective against repelling mosquitos, it is also known to cause severe skin reactions like rashes and, in some cases, seizures.


Studies also show that DEET has corrosive properties that melt plastic and damages clothing. If that’s what DEET can do to plastic and other materials, it’s no wonder why more and more people want to avoid using it on their skin. 


On the other hand, OLE is a natural compound that makes humans basically invisible to mosquitos and other bugs. Extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, OLE is a natural oil that’s recommended by both the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). 


Many people prefer natural options such as OLE in today’s age, especially if they’re applying products to children’s skin. But does the natural option compromise effectiveness and strength? Certainly not. Recent research found that products containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus were “as effective and long-lasting as products containing DEET”.


How to choose the best natural insect repellent?


Unfortunately, not all natural repellents are created equal. So, you can’t just buy the first one you find in the pharmacy (sorry). The key is in the formulation and the quality of ingredients.


Other natural ingredients can help deter insects. However, they are not nearly as effective and long-lasting as OLE. If you come across an insect repellent containing peppermint oil, citronella, or lavender as the active ingredient, they work but don't last very long.


So, what should you look for in an effective repellent?

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus as the active ingredient
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Approved by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
  • Protects against a variety of insects
  • Safe to use on children
  • Safe to use when pregnant


Our Bug-grrr Off insect repellent is all this and more, with the added benefit of a fantastic smell and zero stickiness. With OLE as the key ingredient, Bug-grrr Off has a refreshing and pleasant lemon-eucalypt scent. No harsh chemical, burning smells here, thank you!


Unlike some natural insect repellents, Bug-grrr Off is jungle strength! Carefully formulated to provide long-lasting protection, there’s no need to reapply Bug-grrr Off every couple of hours. Just reapply on your skin every six hours, or after swimming or excessive exercise.


Bug-grrr Off can also be used to repel all manner of creepy crawlies like midges, black flies, sand flies, and of course, mosquitos. So, you only need the one super-powered product no matter where you venture.


Final thoughts


With all this in mind, it’s clear the natural stuff is the way to go. Safe to use on the whole family, Bug-grrr Off provides a natural alternative that doesn’t skimp on strength, potency, or efficacy.


Grab your Bug-grrr Off natural insect repellent now on our online shop, or head to our store locator page to find your local Bug-Grrr Off stockist!



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