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February 23, 2022 3 min read

How do you choose the right outdoor bug repellent that can help deal with harmful bugs around your home? This post will share with you every factor you must consider when buying an outdoor bug repellent.

When searching for bug repellent, you might come across confusing sets of information that are sometimes scary. Generally, we have two sets of bug repellents; bug repellents meant for application on surfaces, and insect repellents that can be applied on the skin to keep the bugs away.

However, all of these bug repellents provide a safe and effective way to prevent insect-borne diseases by repelling insects so they don’t bite you. But then how do you choose a high-performing bug repellent? Let’s look at some factors to consider:

Ingredient info

The first thing you need to consider when choosing an outdoor bug repellent is the active ingredient and concentration. Traditional bug repellents usually have chemicals such as DEET, IR3535, 2-Undecanone, and picaridin which are great choices. But if you want to opt for a more natural formula, look for repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus, peppermint oil, cedar oil, thyme, Eugenol, or citronella oil. Both ingredients have been studied to also repel a great number of bugs.


When considering the ingredient info, you also need to consider its impact on the environment. Synthetic, chemical-based products might be effective, but there’s a risk to the environment. This is why we always recommend all-natural ingredients that are biodegradable and safe for use around people, pets, and the environment.

Length of protection

You need an outdoor bug repellent that offers residual effect and will keep protecting you long after you have applied it around your environment. Regardless, do note that all bug repellents will require re-application at some point to maintain deterrence. Again, you should never entirely depend on your bug repellent to eliminate the bug. If your home is surrounded by attractants such as open garbage cans, overgrown hedges, leaky taps, open water, there’s a good chance your repellent won’t do much to create a bug-free zone.

Non-staining formula

Although you want your bug repellent to provide residual function, you don’t want a repellent that stains surfaces. This may not be problematic if you are treating your lawn and yard. But it can be a problem if you are also considering treating lawn furniture, carpets, pet bedding, and other crucial parts of your home.

Ease of use

Many bug repellent formulas in the market are expensive and might require a huge learning curve. You need to factor this in when choosing a repellent product. If you want a product you can skip the middlemen and place bug control in your hand.

Nature’s MACE Skeeter MACE is a unique bug repellent designed to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas on contact. It is made from natural ingredients and is ideal for treating both outdoor and indoor spaces. You can use this repellent in your home, campsites, patio, lawn, decks, picnic areas, gardens, and lots more. It is non-staining, biodegradable, and safe for use around pets and children. It’s also easy to apply. All you need to do is shake properly and start applying around your entire property. In no time, you can create a robust, bug-free barrier around your home and property.

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