Children, like Seth and Taylor here, are just as susceptible to getting bitten by a bug as adults are. As parents or guardians of children, we want to make sure they’re able to avoid getting attacked by those flying pests in the safest way possible. Here are a few tips on protecting children when using insect repellent.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long been an advocate for the welfare of our children. They advise some of the following procedures:
- Use an insect repellent containing Deet because of its effectiveness.
- Only use bug repellents that have a concentratation of DEET no higher than 30%.
- Do not use a DEET-based insect repellent on an infant younger than 2 months old.
- Do not overapply DEET-based deterrents.
- Monitor the use of repellents on children under 12 years old.
- Avoid applying insect repellent around the eyes, hands, or mouths of small children.
- Follow the directions of the insect repellent manufacturer.
- If a child produces a rash after applying a deterrent, wash the skin with soap and water.
- Always have children wash their hands before eating (Bring towlettes to a picnic or outdoor barbeque).
- Preferably apply calamine or follow an effective homemade bug bite remedy if any bites do occur.
Following a few simple guidelines when using insect repellent with children will help keep them bite-free, and safe from the potential hazards of any chemical-based product. Also, remember to check your child’s hair for ticks before going indoors. Keep their fingernails short in the event the insect repellent allows a few critters through.
Some gardeners and landscape lovers choose to take on their deer problem using a homemade deer repellent. If you’re one of those do-it-yourself type of people you might like to try this deterrent too.
Sprays can get expensive if you’ve got plenty of plants to protect. Most commercial or store bought deer repellent sprays have a foul taste or bad smell to them. Effective deer repellents usually will have both. You can simulate the effects of commercial deer repellent by making your own homemade deer repellent.
The advantages of using a homemade deer repellent include,
- Less expensive
- Household items can be used
- No chemicals to worry about when using on vegetables
While the disadavantages of homemade deer repellent range from,
- Must be frequently reapplied especially after rains
- Homemade deer repellent must be mixed before every use – not ready-made
- Does not include substance which helps it stick to plants
To make the homemade deer repellent mix the following with one gallon of water:
- 5 eggs (Blend them thoroughly if you’ll be using a sprayer to avoid any clumps. You’ll probably need to strain the mixture before using)
- 1 cup of buttermilk, milk, or yogurt (think stink!)
- 2 Tablespoons of hot sauce
- 1 Teaspoon of liquid dish soap
- 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 15 drops of cinnamon oil – optional
- 2 Teaspoons of finely crushed garlic – optional
Tip: Mix the ingredients in a blender with a quart of water first. Then combine the mixture with additional water. It will help keep your sprayer from plugging.
This homemade deterrent is most effective when sprayed just before your buds appear, but can be used throughout the growing season. You’ll want to change the ingredients occasionally. You can begin without the cinnamon oil and garlic in the mix. Add it later. Randomizing the bad tastes will help confuse the deer. Start in a small area to determine if the repellent is working before making large quantities is recommended.
We also recommend using the homeade deer repellent with another type of deer repellent when possible. Repellent Review has found it highly effective using this homemade deer repellent in combination with the scarecrow sprinkler (a device designed to scare the deer).
Deer are intelligent animals and staying one step ahead of them requires an arsenal of tactics. We hope the homemade deer repellent is a successful tactic for you.