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3 Animal-Free Bug Repellents for Enjoying the Outdoors

Updated: May 11, 2023

Are you excited about summer's soon arrival? Summer means spending more time outside: visiting local parks, walking around the neighborhood, and enjoying evening BBQs in the backyard. Unfortuately, the long, warm days bring biting bugs. Because of disease transmission, mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquito-borne disease varies based on climate, mosquito species, and access to preventive measures and medicine (Elfein 2019). According to the most recent statistics from the CDC, West Nile virus (WNV) ranks number one for mosquito-borne diseases in the US. In 2018, WNV infected 2,647 people, resulting in 167 fatalities. The best way to protect against WNV is to prevent transmission, since there are no vaccines or treatments for the virus.

In addition to wearing long sleeves and pants, the CDC recommends using insect repellent while outdoors. Here are a few animal-free options!

If you have an adverse reaction to a product, please discontinue use and call your doctor.


Babies and people with sensitive skin will love this bug repellent! This bug spray uses DEET-free ingredients, including citronella, lemongrass, and cedar essential oils. The essential oils in the spray not only prevent new insect bites, but soothe existing bites. This product even won an award for “Best Best Skin Care for Baby” from the Eco Excellence Awards in 2013. California Baby's Natural Bug Repellent Spray is allergy-tested, gluten-free, soy-free, oat-free, dairy-free and nut-free (except for coconut).

Ingredients: Pure essential oils of *cymbopogon nardus (citronella) 5%, *cymbopogon schoenathus (lemongrass) .5%, *cedrus atlantica (cedar) .5%. 94% Other Ingredients: Aqua (water), *carnauba wax (cera carnauba), vegetable glycerin. *Certified organic, sustainable or renewable


This DEET-free bug spray uses all-natural ingredients to repel insects, including citronella oil, lavender oil, and lemongrass essential oil. It is animal-free, cruelty-free, and certified organic. Sky Organics also packages this bug spray in an eco-friendly, recyclable aluminum bottle.


Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*


Do your summer plans require more protection from ticks than mosquitoes? Ticks are also known for spreading disease, particularly Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Nantucket Spider Tick Repellent contains specific ingredients to repel ticks - clove, geranium, peppermint, cedarwood, spearmint, rosemary, and cinnamon.


Water, Vanillin, Glycerin, clove Oil (2%), Geranium Oil (2%), Peppermint Oil (2%), Rosemary Oil (2%), Cedarwood Oil (1%), Spearmint Oil (1%), Cinnamon Oil (0.5%)


Disclaimer:  The product and/or medical information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product.


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