Summer is all about long warm days, holidays and… the dreaded mosquito! And while you used to reach for your trusty can of Doom, now that you are pregnant or have a baby, you might be looking to non-toxic options to keep the suckers at bay!
Nothing can ruin your evening or holiday faster than an annoying mosquito or a fly that just won’t quit. Parents rarely forget the first time their baby was attacked during the night by mosquitoes, the swollen red evidence that shows up on their baby’s skin in the morning reminds them to use an insect repellent. But no parent wants to expose their child to toxic effects DEET that is contained in most mainstream bug repellents.
Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that use essential oils like citronella, soybean oil and lemon eucalyptus oil.
- Paint The Insects Away
Plan before you have your baby and paint the nursery – and other rooms inside or outside the house – with Vital Protection AM3. Used with a water-based paint, only one sachet is required per 5 litres of paint and providing effective protection for up to 36 months. Safe for the entire family – animals included – the additive works on the nervous system of insects, deterring them from landing on treated surfaces. Odourless, anti-bacterial and non-irritant.
Available from GAME Stores and Builders Warehouse countrywide. Visit www.vitalprotection.co.za. Twitter: @vitalprotection ; Facebook /Vital Protection
- Badger Anti-Bug Balm
A natural, 100 percent organic formula in the form of a balm, which works well on the whole family for up to four hours. The balm has a lovely smell from the natural oils and is totally safe and effective.
Selected Health shops and online at www.naturescolours.com or call 011 440 3319.
The OnGuard! range of all natural, long-lasting insect repellents is safe for use on the whole family and powerful enough for the most high-risk malaria areas – a must for your travel bag these holidays! All natural ingredients, non-toxic and does not contain DEET. Antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and soothes actual bites and moisturises skin. Safe for use on infants.
Available in 4 variants from Dis-Chem stores, selected Shoprite stores and pharmacies nationwide.
This is a DEET-free roll-on is gentle on your family’s skin, and kind to the environment as well. Made with a blend of six fragrant oils (grapeseed/soybean oil, vegetable glycerine, mint oil, lemongrass, citronella, camphor, cloves and eucalyptus) known for keeping bugs at bay, the roll-on is great for the bushveld, the beach or even bedtime at home. Proudly South African, natural and suitable for vegans. Available at selected health shops and online at www.faithful-to-nature.co.za www.earthsap.co.za
- Pure Beginnings 100% Insect Repellent
Available at Baby City and online at www.purebeginnings.co.za.
- kids Bug a Bug Hypo-Allergenic Insect Repellent Spray
Available online at www.ecobuddies.co.za or call 011 326 1525 for a stockist.
- Fever-Tree Fly & Mosquito Repellent Liquid
LAPA oil, indigenous to South Africa, is the natural active ingredient in all Fever-Tree products, which are SABS tested. This non-toxic repellent liquid has a herbal fragrance and is safe to be used for the entire family from newborns to moms and dads. The bottle containing the liquid is fastened into the heating unit, which comes with a 1.2m power cord and can conveniently be placed on any flat surface while plugged into an electric socket. When turned on the liquid set will provide protection for 50 days if used for 8 hours a day, or alternatively 16 days if used for 24 hours a day.
Will be available in Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Outdoor Warehouse and selected Spar stores nationwide from 1 November 2015.
SOURCE: FREEBEES, EMBETWEEN PR & MARKETING CONSULTANTS, LIQUID LINGO COMMUNICATIONS, ROBERTSON EDWARDS PR,