The rundown on insect repellants

Off Botanicals natural insect repellent

Most sources say that DEET-based insect repellents work best and are safe when used as directed. Some people prefer using naturally occurring chemicals contained in plant oils. No matter what approach you take, don’t ignore our motto when spending time outside in rural South Jersey: “Never underestimate the bugs“.

These five plant oils reportedly repel insects:

  • Eucalyptus – Often combined with citronella oil to keep bugs away. The Journal of Medical Entomology reports that eucalyptus extract can reduce tick bites
  • Lavender – repels mosquitoes and flies
  • PennyRoyal – a mint family plant that is toxic to insects
  • Lemongrass – a flea and tick repellent
  • Lemon – can work against fleas and other bugs

Be aware that oil-based products can increase sunburn.

We carry both DEET-based and plant oil based repellents at the bait shop.

Mosquito control at Money Island

We’ve taken steps to control mosquitos and it seems that the problem is greatly reduced over the past couple of decades. The marina stocks both DEET and eucalyptus-based repellents.

Which mosquito repellents work best?

CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

“Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.” https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

Mosquito resources

NJ Mosquito Control Commission: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/

Salt marsh mosquito control: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/docs/omwm_full.pdf