The long days and warmer temperatures means more time spent outdoors. It is the best time of the year to hike with your dog. That is until – you and your dog are swarmed and bitten by insects. If running for cover or chemicals does not sound ideal, then here is an easy way to naturally repel bugs.
Bug-repelling bandanas are all the rage right now for dogs. Everyone want to enjoy the outdoors without being attacked by blood-sucking bugs. With this simple DIY bandana, Fido will be protected and in style.
Most of the bandanas and human versions on the market today have fabric that is infused with permethrin. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) defines permethrin as, “an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals that act like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower.”
Permethrin works by attacking the nervous system leading to death in insects when they touch or eat it. The downside is that the chemical will also kill beneficial insects like bees. Also, there are some potential side-effects, like twitching of the skin, for dogs that come in contact with the chemical.
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For a safe and natural alternative, you can make your own insect-repelling bandana for your dog.
Items You Will Need
– a dog or regular bandana
– 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
– 2-3 drops total of essential oils (choose from the list below)
List of Essential Oils That Repel Bugs
This is not a complete list but some of the most popular.
– Lemon Eucalyptus
Mix the coconut oil with just two or three drops of essential oils. If you are going to use more than one, just do one drop each to equal three as a max. The most you can add is 3 total drops of essential oils per ounce of coconut oil. The reason is that the essential oils are very strong and a little goes a long way. The oils are going to be diluted in the coconut oil, which has a slew of benefits for your dog.
If you do not have coconut oil, you can substitute extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil or Evening Primrose oil. All of these oils are pet-safe.
Once the mixture is stirred you can apply it to the bandana. Let it dry completely before you put it on your dog. Re-apply once a week or whenever you wash it.
Heartworm and Lyme disease are on the rise this year thanks to the warm damp weather. Be prepared with an insect-repelling solution to keep Fido safe.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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