Your New Life in Yucatan: Make your own bug spray… You know you’ll use it.

Read more ideas about keeping those pesky skeeters away at the MyTravelBunny blog.

When you visit southeastern Mexico (namely the Yucatan Peninsula) you will notice a few things.  There are beautiful people to meet and wonderful sights to see.  There are also lots of mosquitoes.  You take the good with the bad, right?  Those who live in similar climates around the world have been dealing with these pesky kittle insects for thousands of years.  The answer to this problem is not always what you find on store shelves.

These little guys can be a challenging fact of life that are especially annoying in the wet summer months through the end of hurricane season.  When it rains you can expect a lot of them.

There are several very effective bug sprays on the market that do a wonderful job.  The costs of these products vary but can really add up over time.  There are also long lists of chemicals, many hard to pronounce, in these repellants that make them effective but with what other consequences?  If you are a person who values “natural” options or simply has sensitive skin you might want to consider making your own repellant.  They may require more frequent application but they are really quite effective.

We got this idea when we recently stumbled upon a charming YouTube video from the folks at Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Consumer Interests (Profeco).  It is in Spanish but you should be able to get the general idea even if you don’t speak the language.  The main ingredients can be found in most local pharmacies and the concoction lasts a year- if you don’t use it all up in one season.

To view the Profeco “how-to” video for at-home mosquito repellant on YouTube click here.

We do have to admit, their recipe seems a little trickier than others we were able to find.

A simple recipe for homemade mosquito repellant requires an essential oil that mosquitoes don’t like and a carrier oil or alcohol.  You can make batches in any quantity as long as you stick to a ratio of one part essential oil to ten to twenty parts carrier oil/alcohol.  You can alter the recipe based on effectiveness and any skin sensitivity you might have to the ingredients you choose.  For the first batch we think a more concentrated mixture is good to start with as you can always dilute it later.

While you enjoy your bug-free martini might we suggest a trip to the YCC Magazine Facebook page? Perfect along with vermouth and an olive.

Essential oils that mosquitoes despise include:

  • cinnamon oil
  • lemon eucalyptus oil
  • citronella oil
  • castor oil

Good carrier oils/alcohols to mix with these essential oils include:

  • olive oil
  • sunflower oil
  • any other cooking oil
  • witch hazel
  • vodka

If you have dry skin the oils used in these recipes will also help you to retain moisture.  If you happen to have oily skin or have sensitive skin we think that vodka is likely the best and easiest option.  Not to mention you can make a martini to enjoy on the patio- without having to worry about those pesky mosquitoes.

Do you have a recipe for bug spray that works that you would like to share?  How about some tips for newbie “bug spray makers” based on your experience.  Please share them below or on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  

1 comment

  1. Craig says:

    To scare the bugs away, I drink 5 Margaritas and 3 tequilas (Don Julio of course), and then I really don’t care….. Welcome to Yucatan!

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