Besides our June 6 meeting from 1:30-3:30 with Pharmacist Kathy Lynch from Women’s International Pharmacy, we have a simple group support meeting June 20 from 1:30-4:30.

Also, the following link has excellent information on repellents:

http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/mosquitosite/repellents-for-application-to-skin/

“Repellents with the best track records include the following: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). The three non-DEET compounds each seem to work as well as or nearly as well as DEET when they are used at higher concentrations (20%).”

http://www.stopticks.org/prevention/

Excellent “natural options”: http://www.primallyinspired.com/favorites-how-to-make-a-homemade-bug-repellent-oil-easy-essential-oils/

Bug Blends

15 drops lavender + 5 drops eucalyptus

Bug Blend 1
10 drops rosemary
7 drops cinnamon
3 drops cedarwood
Bug Blend 2
12 drops lemongrass
6 drops eucalyptus
2 drops citronella
Bug Blend 3
20 drops rose geranium

Premixed Bug Blends
Many essential oil companies make premixed blends that you can purchase and use instead of blending your own. Just add 10-20 drops to your carrier oil and you’re good to go.
doTERRA’s TerraShield Repellant Blend
Plant Therapy’s Bug Off Synergy Blend
Eden’s Garden Four Thieves Synergy Blend

How To Make A Homemade Bug Repelling Oil:

The first thing you’ll need is to choose your carrier oil and put about 2 TBSP into a bottle or jar.

Next, choose the essential oils or blend of oils that you want to add to your carrier oil.
You want to get around 20 drops for 2 TBSP of carrier oil so that your oil isn’t too strong, but just right.

Slowly add your essential oils to your carrier oil.
Lastly, shake or stir your oil well to mix everything together and store it in a place that’s out of direct sunlight. To use your homemade bug repellent oil, just pour a bit of oil into the palm of your hand, rub it together, and massage it into your little ones skin before going outdoors.

The author of Primally Inspired puts 1 drop of Rose Geranium Oil in between her dog’s shoulder blades and a drop at the base of his tail each day.  She puts a drop on the insides of her wrists and a drop behind her ears.
 Homemade Flea Powder Recipe:

http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-flea-powder-repellent/
Ingredients:
1 cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (find HERE)
1/2 cup Neem Powder (find HERE)
1/2 cup Yarrow Powder (find HERE)
20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil* (find HERE)  *Leave out the essential oil if using for cats.

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and put in a shaker top container. I used a mason jar with a shaker top lid (I got my mason jar shaker top lid at Christmas Tree Shop, but you could make your own by drilling holes in a regular mason jar lid).
Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry conditions. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder on the belly and legs. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as you can.

How often to apply flea powder?
To use this as a general repellent (with no serious flea infestation), applying once a month during active flea season (end of spring/summer) is sufficient. If the pet gets a bath or gets wet, it will need to be reapplied.
If you have a flea infestation:
You will need to apply more often, depending on how bad of an infestation you are dealing with.

If you have a flea infestation, you will also need to apply this flea powder to your floors, windowsills, door sills, pet bedding, sofa, etc. Focus your efforts where your pet spends the most amount of time, since fleas and their eggs will be the most concentrated in those areas. Just apply a light dusting to the areas in your house and leave it there overnight. Vacuum in the morning or sometime the next day. Do this once a week for 4 weeks if you have a flea infestation.

You can also leave a little bit of this flea powder on your door and window sills to prevent spiders, ants and other bugs from entering.