Natural Mosquito Repellant For Dogs
Quick facts about the danger of DEET:
- DEET has a negative impact on our environment, and is toxic to wildlife and water sources. It has been found in 75% of US water sources.
- There have been reports of allergic reactions to DEET, including skin rashes and (although rare) seizures with long-term use.
How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellant for Your Pets
My dog, Oakley, and I are outdoor buddies. We walk everywhere together, from parks, trails, and even Yosemite National Park. Since he is very prone to mosquitoes, fleas and other bugs, once in a while he would come home to a few bites.
Although there are many strong and effective mosquito repellants on the market, most are heavily saturated with the chemical N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, also known as DEET. It is a common and a main ingredient in bug repellents that "repels" and not kill insects. According to a study from France, it "inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system."
Fortunately, there are much safer alternatives found in natural food store, however they can be quite pricey. In my home, I try to avoid using too many chemicals that are not only harmful to our body but also our planet. So it makes sense to make my own homemade insect repellant for Oakley.
I am obsessed with DIY formulas and have been experimenting with various solutions. By making my own natural homemade insect repellent, I am protecting my dog against toxic chemicals, saving money, and best of all, guarding him from those pesky mosquitoes and insects.
There are many different formulas for natural mosquito repellent. I will share with you the solution that is most effective for my Pit bull, as well as two other formulas.
Choose your essential oil
When mixing your insect repellant, the rule of thumb is to choose an essential oil that repels insects and mix it with a carrier, such as olive oil, castor oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil.
Oils such as clove oil and citronella (rose geranium), tea tree oil, cedar, peppermint, and lavender are the most effective in keeping the pesky bugs away.
The first recipe requires the use of a mixture of all the essential oils mentioned above. I love the effective use of essential oils in creating a homemade mosquito repellant. Insects and bugs hate the smell and will not go anywhere near your pets.
You can use whichever favorite essential oils that you have on hand, or experiment with new ones. I already have lavender in my bathroom cabinet from my homemade soap solutions. Besides, I just love the smell of lavender. And Oakley doesn't mind it either.
Homemade Mosquito Repellant #1
This recipe is the most recommended.
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 8 drops cedar
- 5 drops eucalyptus
- 4 drops lavender
- 4 drops rosemary
- 1 drop peppermint
- 1 drop cinnamon
- 1 drop clove
Mix the oil with these essential oils in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on your dog, especially around the legs.
More Homemade Mosquito Repellant
The next two recipes for natural mosquito repellant are simple due to less amount of ingredients. Mix in a spray bottle and shake well before use.
- 15 drops of essential oil of your choice
- 3 tablespoons of pure vanilla
- 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
- 10 drops citronella essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil