We recommend Repel Family Dry Insect Repellent, an aerosol spray that contains 10 percent DEET for up to four hours of protection. It's a "dry" repellent, which means it's designed to avoid the slick, greasy feel many people associate with bug spray. We found that the repellent did in fact dry quickly on the skin.
Insect repellent applied to clothing: You're ready to go as soon as you're dressed and it provides protection for the widest range of bugs. However, insect-repellent clothing only offers limited protection for exposed skin, so combining clothing- and skin-based repellents is the way to give yourself comprehensive coverage.
5-Minute Essential Oil Bug Spray Recipe. If you have the ingredients to make it, this is the best bug spray recipe I've found. This recipe uses essential oils, which are highly effective for natural bug protection. There are some concerns about putting these directly on the skin, especially on children. I prefer to use this recipe on clothing
Just like other insects, bed bugs can be repelled by essential oils that are distilled from plants, spices and herbs. Their aromatic properties mask human scent and evoke smells that the organism naturally avoids. Cinnamon, lemon grass, lavender, citrus, eucalyptus and tea tree oils are just some agents that naturally discourage insects.
"Skin So Soft Bath Oil is a moisturizing bath oil, not an insect repellent. Therefore, it is not registered as such with the EPA, and we may not make insect repellent claims about it. Please see the complete line of Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellents for all your bug repellent needs."
Most commercial bug repellents can cause health and environmental problems. mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil for every 4 ounces of water. You can spray the fluid onto your skin or