Why Essential Oils Probably Won’t Protect You From Ticks This Summer
Experts break down the most preventative insect repellents to keep you safe during tick season.
Tick season is here, and of course you want to do everything you can to keep the bloodsucking critters away from you and your family. Tick-borne diseases, such as lyme disease, have more than doubled in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Applying an effective tick repellent to your skin, clothing, and gear is one of the best ways to protect yourself before you head outdoors.
Still, some people are cautious about using chemical-based insecticides and prefer to turn to natural options. One claim you’ll see a lot online: Essential oils can act as a chemical-free tick repellent.
But are they a reliable way to repel the disease-carrying bugs? Here, experts break down what you should know before you turn to essential oils as a tick repellent.
Read the full article by Korin Miller on Prevention's website here.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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