Monday, December 12, 2011

Opt for natural insect repellent with kids

Several good alternatives to DEET exist. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Use a natural repellent rather than products containing DEET, which can lead to medical side effects, especially among children.

Instead, use citronella, pure vanilla (as opposed to imitation vanilla) or lemon oil of eucalyptus. In each case, the odor repels the insect but is non-toxic for people.

Related articles:
g Handling bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets when hiking with kids
g How to avoid and treat chigger bites when hiking with kids
g How to avoid and deal with various annoying creepy crawlies on a hike
g How to avoid bugs when day hiking with children

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.