Mosquitoes, ticks and gnats are serious nuisances for gardeners and others who spend time in the great outdoors. Even worse, many pests carry dangerous diseases. That’s enough to send most outdoor enthusiasts running for the nearest pest repellent. The myriad of products available at the corner drugstore may be effective, but chemicals that are powerful enough to kill bugs aren’t very healthy for humans either. Users of standard pest repellents frequently experience rashes and blisters as well as itchy, irritated eyes – or worse.
The effect on the environment should give you pause, too. Most standard pest repellents contain environmental contaminants that break down in the soil very slowly. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the primary ingredient in most repellents is slightly toxic to birds and fish – no small problem when you consider how much of the chemical ends up in the waterways.
That’s where the folks at Wildthings come in. They have worked hard to create a completely natural, plant-based insect repellent. The spray, which contains absolutely no additives, preservatives, or synthetic chemicals of any kind, is safe enough for pint-sized gardeners. The pet lovers among us can rest easy too, as it is never tested on animals. Wildthings Bug Spray uses a combination of ingredients combined with distilled spring water. Some plant extracts, including witch hazel, catmint and rose geranium, are traditional medicinal plants that have been used to soothe irritated skin for generations. The addition of high quality essential oils results in an effective, skin-friendly bug repellent with a pleasant, soul-soothing aroma.
The product is available in three scents – Lavender; Citrus Wildflower, with a bit of lemon eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils; and Forest, which contains a small amount of lemon eucalyptus and a touch of patchouli. Wildthings Extreme, a powerful jojoba oil-based repellent, contains a small amount of lemon eucalyptus essential oil, and is great for adults but not recommended for young children.
A family-owned business, Wildthings is the creation of avid organic gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts whose concern about a healthy environment for their children sent them on a years-long quest for an effective, plant-based pest repellent. The resulting product depends on sustainably grown plants, with organics used whenever possible. Small batches ensure that the product is always fresh and up to the company’s high standards. In fact, Wildthings is so committed to a healthy environment that they donate 5 percent of their profits to worthy organizations that work hard to make the world a better place.